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Who are we?
Sport Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing
and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales. We aim to get
every child hooked on sport for life in Wales and to build a nation of
At Sport Wales our biggest assets are our staff. In order to recruit,
retain and engage the very best people, we have developed an
attractive reward and benefits package that reflects Sport Wales’
status as an employer of choice. We believe in continually reviewing
what we have to offer, in order to provide benefits which are truly
valuable to our employees.
What can Sport Wales offer you?
Competitive salary
Sport Wales has incremental salary scales, and on the anniversary of
your start date, you will move to the next point of the salary scale
dependent upon satisfactory performance. In addition, where
possible, a cost of living increase may be payable from 1 April each
In addition, relevant shift and unsocial hours allowances are provided
where irregular working patterns are a requirement of the role.
Final salary pension scheme
You may elect to join the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Local
Government Pension Scheme. Your contributions will range from
5.5% to 7.2% according to your salary level, and in addition to your
contributions Sport Wales will also contribute 21.5% of your
pensionable salary towards the scheme.
Holiday entitlement
You will receive 28 days on entry rising to 33 days after 5 years’
continuous service plus all statutory bank holidays. In addition, following
1 years’ service, employees may purchase up to 5 days additional annual
Free on-site parking
Sport Wales has car parks at each of its locations, all free for staff use.
Use of facilities
Employees have free use of Sport Wales’ fitness facilities, including gym
and court use. You will also benefit from reduced rates for fitness classes
(e.g. Aerobics and Circuits) at the National Centre, and reduced rates for
courses at Plas Menai National Watersports Centre.
Training and development
Sport Wales is committed to investing in the training and development of
our employees to ensure that they have the skills required to carry out
their duties to a high standard and add value to the organisation. We are
currently operating a CMI accredited Leadership and Management
programme for all of our employees, and have a long-term training
scheme where payments can be made through salary sacrifice to offer
tax relief.
Discounted accommodation and meals
Accommodation at the Sport Wales National Centre or at Plas Menai
National Watersports Centre is available to staff at a discounted rate, as
are meals and drinks, available at either of these locations.
Mobile phone allowance
Where a role requires an employee to work out of the office on Sport
Wales’ business, suitable computer equipment will be made available for
them to work remotely. To compensate employees who may be required
to use their own mobile phone for business purposes, Sport Wales will
provide an allowance of £25.00 per person per month.
Health and Well-being benefits
Employee Assistance Programme
A free, confidential service via PPC , offering expert advice, valuable
information, specialist counselling and support. Telephone support is
available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, and an online information
service offers user-friendly factsheets, useful links and programmes
designed to help you prepare for and cope with life’s events.
Welsh Hospitals Association (
WHA is a not-for-profit association which offers 11 different low cost
health benefits and you can pay from as little as £1.45 a week.
Benefits include optical care, dental treatment, physiotherapy,
osteopathy and maternity, cash benefits for time spent in hospital as
an inpatient and for attendance as a hospital outpatient. Children
under the age of 18 are also covered for some benefits at no extra
cost. Sport Wales can arrange to deduct the payments from your
monthly salary.
Benenden Healthcare (
Benenden is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation that offers a range
of medical help. For a contribution starting at just £1.50 per person
their services are available to you and your family. Services include
cancer and TB support, physiotherapy, treatment and surgery,
diagnostic consultation, minor outpatient treatment and a range of
information and advisory services.
Legal and Financial Benefits
Savings Through Work (shopping scheme)
The Savings Through Work website offers some fantastic deals and
these are open to all Sport Wales’ employees and their families.
There are some great discounts to be had on holidays, groceries,
petrol, gadgets, fashion and motoring, with well known brands and
retailers like Asda, Sainsbury’s, Alton Towers, B&Q, M&S, Next and
Boots to name a few. Plus hot new offers are being added all the
Cardiff Credit Union (
Cardiff Credit Union offers flexible saving and loans with no hidden
charges or fees. You will receive annual interest on your savings and
low rate of interest on loans. Sport Wales can arrange to deduct the
payments from your monthly salary.
The Will Group (
The Will Group are the premier specialist Will advisors in Wales and
offer a professional will writing service that is straight forward, easy to
complete and very affordable.
Loosemores Solicitors Preferential Client Scheme
As a provider of legal services to Sport Wales, Loosemore’s solicitors
are able to offer Sport Wales’ employees access to a range of legal
services including making a will, buying, selling and remortgaging
property and advice after you have had an accident. The price for this
advice will be below their normal market rates and the first 30 minute
interview on any legal matter (except employment) would be FREE.
Family Friendly Benefits
Childcare Vouchers
Childcare vouchers are a tax initiative designed to help working
parents save money on their registered childcare costs. This is done
by reducing the tax and National Insurance contributions (NIC) you
have to pay from your gross salary, and can help save up to £933 per
parent for basic rate tax payers.
Holiday Scheme
This scheme gives you the opportunity to supplement your existing
annual leave entitlement. Sport Wales recognises the growing
demands placed on employees to try and achieve a work-life balance.
A maximum of 5 days’ annual leave entitlement (pro rata for part time
employees) can be bought and used per annual leave year (April to
Lifestyle Benefits
CSMA is the UK's largest private home, motoring and leisure
association, providing its members with over 50 benefits, including
CSMA Carshop and Travelshop, CSMA Credit Card, Britannia Rescue
breakdown cover, and home, car and travel insurance .
CSMA Car shop Can help drive down the cost of motoring through
discounted car insurance, car servicing, parts and tyres, and even
save money on buying new or used cars.
Bike scheme
The Government’s Green Transport Plan allows you to get a bike and
pay No Income Tax, No National Insurance and No VAT. You are able
to spend up to £1,000 on the scheme., including buying necessary
accessories and equipment to ensure that you are safe when riding to
work. Please note that Sport Wales is not currently running the
scheme at this time.
Charitable Giving
Charitable Giving is an easy and tax-efficient way for employees to
give to their favourite charities. Your donations are deducted straight
from your gross salary, giving you immediate tax relief. For example,
a monthly donation of £5 will cost you £3.90 as the charity receives an
extra £1.10 in tax which would have been paid to the Treasury and
your favourite charities will receive regular, unrestricted income.

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