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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £21,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

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.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

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

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £21,000 to £30,000

Experienced: £40,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

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.

6. Career path and progression

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

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Last updated: 13 September 2018