Sports development officer

Sports development officers organise projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport and have a healthier lifestyle.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become a Sports development officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly

University

You'll find it useful to have a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a related subject like:

  • sports development
  • sports coaching
  • sports science

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role by starting with an advanced apprenticeship as a community sport and health officer.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Volunteering and experience

You can get useful experience by playing sports, volunteering as a coach, helping out on community and holiday sports schemes, or working with a local sports club.

This can help to build up your confidence and may lead to getting professional coaching qualifications.

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role, for example through coaching qualifications.

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Career tips

There's a lot of competition for jobs, so networking and making contacts will give you more chance of finding work.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in sport from The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

UK Coaching has more details on how to get coaching qualifications in any sport.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include: 

  • finding and training staff, coaches and volunteers for projects
  • promoting and running projects and activities
  • monitoring and evaluating projects
  • finding funding, managing resources and budgets
  • putting local and national policies into practice
  • attending meetings, seminars and conferences
  • coaching or supervising sport

Working environment

You could work in an office, at a school, on a sports field, at a fitness centre or at a college.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

With experience you could become a sports development manager or a regional manager.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Health and Well-being Apprentice

  • Wage : £150.00 Weekly
  • Location: Basildon SS16 4UH

Sport and Leisure Apprentice

  • Wage : £136.90 Weekly
  • Location: Yeovil BA21 3EP

Courses In England

Foundation Degree Sports Development - Year 1

  • Provider: HOPWOOD HALL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Manchester

Extended Diploma Level 3 Sports Development Coaching and Fitness (Football)

  • Provider: Moulton College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Northampton

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