You'll usually start by joining a club or amateur organisation. There you can show your skills and get instruction and training. A lot of sports professionals are spotted early on by a talent scout.
In most sports, you'll find it useful to carry on training or education in a subject or area different from your sport. This will be useful if you:
- need another income apart from your sport
- need another income for when your performing career is over
- are not as successful in sport as you hope to be
You can get details of local clubs and advice on the best way to progress in your sport from your sport's national governing body (NGB).
You can get a list of national governing bodies from Sport England.