Sports development officer

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

Annual Salary

£21,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 4% more Sports development officer jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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

There are no set requirements.

Many sports development officers have a HNC, HND, NVQ Level 4 or a degree in a related subject like:

  • sports development
  • sports coaching
  • sports science 

You may not need a degree if you can show that you have relevant experience.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

£21,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £21,000 to £30,000

Experienced salary: £40,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, including some evenings and weekends.

You’ll be office based but will travel to community groups, schools, events and sports venues.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • project management skills
  • the ability to manage and motivate others
  • IT and administrative skills
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