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Sport Welfare Officers

Good welfare practice matters to everyone and together we want to help create environments in sport and physical activity which are positive and safe for all children, young people and adults

Across England, sports clubs and organisations are being supported by a new network of Sport Welfare Officers. They have been recruited by Active Partnerships and funded by Sport England through an investment of National Lottery funding. 

The aim of the network is to increase welfare capacity and expertise at a local and national level and share best practices to help prevent concerns, making sport safe for everyone.

We understand the work of Club Welfare/Safeguarding Officers can be hard at times and it can often feel like an isolated role. We’re trying to change that by providing local support and opportunities. 

What is the purpose of the Sport Welfare Officer’s role?

It is the Sport Welfare Officer’s role to;

  • Provide additional, local support for club welfare officers  
  • Signpost clubs to the right advice and guidance  
  • Work with club welfare officers to create a safer culture within their organisation  
  • Facilitate local training opportunities and events 
  • Create networks so that volunteers and staff feel better connected and informed 
  • Recognise, share and develop best practice  
  • Help raise awareness of safeguarding and welfare for young people and adults at local events 

For the avoidance of doubt, it is not the Sport Welfare Officer’s role to; 

  • Advise on or manage concerns – All concerns must be referred without delay in accordance with National Governing Body / Club Safeguarding Policy.  Visit our Reporting Concerns page for more information

Accessing local support

If you are interested in getting in touch about how you can be supported by our Sport Welfare Officers in Sussex, please contact us on sportwelfare@activesussex.org or 07752446584 / 07752 446583

Safeguarding Resources

Key information about National partners and relevant safeguarding resources

Key Information and Resources

Angela Nilmadhub-Watson

Sport Welfare Officer

Angela is responsible for working with National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and local clubs and organisations delivering sport and physical activity in Sussex to ensure the development and implementation of a safe environment for children, young people and adults to take part. She will work alongside Active Sussex's other Sport Welfare Officer to promote good practice and safe sport on a local level.

Lauren Rickson

Sport Welfare Officer

Lauren is responsible for working with National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and local clubs and organisations delivering sport and physical activity in Sussex to ensure the development and implementation of a safe environment for children, young people and adults to take part. She will work alongside Active Sussex's other Sports Welfare Officer to promote good practice and safe sport on a local level.

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