How to become a sports development officer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
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
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can work towards this role by starting with an advanced apprenticeship as a community sport and health officer.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
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.
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.
There's a lot of competition for jobs, so networking and making contacts will give you more chance of finding work.
You can find out more about careers in sport from The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
UK Coaching has more on how to get coaching qualifications in any sport.