Sports

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

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Sports development officer jobs in 2024.
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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

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

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

Apprenticeship

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.

Other Routes

There are no set 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.

£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.

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.

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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