Sports development officer

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

Potential salary
£21,000 to £50,000
Working hours
36 to 38 a week
  • 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

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

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.

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.

Data from National Careers Service.
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