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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 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

36 to 38 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; attending events or appointments

2%
Future employment

There will be 2% more Sports development officer jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

In this role, you could:

  • find and train staff, coaches and volunteers for projects
  • promote and run projects and activities
  • monitor and evaluate projects
  • find funding, manage resources and budgets
  • put local and national policies into practice
  • attend meetings, seminars and conferences
  • coach 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.

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, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, 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.

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Volunteering and work 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.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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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 on how to get coaching qualifications in any sport.

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:

  • 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
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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