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Sports Jobs: How To Get A Career In Sports

Published: Friday 7th August 2015

For many, a career in sports is the perfect mix of passion, dedication, natural ability and a lot of hard work. For the very few who end up representing their country at the Olympics, or winning a gold medal in their chosen profession, a career in sport is what dreams are made of. But what about the rest of us, who would rather steer clear from the limelight, but still want to pursue a job in sport? Sport careers cover a surprisingly diverse range of job opportunities; from psychologists taking care of sportspersons minds to physiotherapists taking care of their bodies as well as a whole host of trainers, coaches, nutritionists and managers. Below are just some of the career options open to sport lovers. 

Attributes and Skills Needed For A Career In Sport

Man holding a rugby ball in the field

 A sense of fair play
 Communication and interpersonal skills
 The ability to work well as part of a team, even those who participate in solo sports still work with a variety of back up team members
 A preference for being active and energetic
 Passion and dedication to your chosen sport 

Different Types Of Jobs In Sport

Sports Teacher Jobs

Sports teacher jobs could e anyone from a physical education teacher at a school to personal trainers and fitness instructors working with individuals or teams. It can encompass coaches and trainers at sport clubs, from local teams through to national and international levels. Qualifications needed vary depending upon the role, sport and professional level. Find out more information on careers in sport coaching here

Motorsport jobs

You might not be able to drive like Lewis Hamilton but that doesn’t mean the world of motorsport is closed to you. Britain is the hub and home of international motorsport with more research and development here than any other nation and with 7 out of the 10 Formula One teams calling England home. Careers in motorsport range from engineers to pit crew members and designers as well as race staff at circuits and support staff ranging from administrators to marketing and human resources. 

Sports and Leisure Management Jobs

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Sports management can encompass roles as diverse as running a sports team, club or individual sportsperson. Having a job in sports and leisure management could also include running a sports or leisure centre. After a successful career many people who have worked in sports and leisure management jobs may even go on to lecture and teach sports management to the next generation of budding sports coaches. Sport managers are also utilised by local authorities to plan and deliver programs of sport and physical activity to a community. As a sports manager you can really find a career at the level you feel most comfortable at. 

Sports Instructor Jobs

Similar in many ways to a coach or trainer, the role of a sports instructor is to teach a specific sport or sports skill. This could involve working at your local leisure centre or gym running classes or more specialised one-to-one instruction. Instructors of sport teach a variety of disciplines from yoga to martial arts, football or swimming. As a sport instructor you get to practice your passion on a daily basis whilst helping to shape the next generation of sports people and bring the sport you love to a new audience. 

Referee Jobs

Referees don’t always have an easy ride, especially in a high pressured team games or in the final of a competition.  But this important role ensures all participants adhere to the rules of the game and participate in a safe way. Without these passionate, dedicated and fair minded people, events could neither take place nor be considered truly fair and impartially run. To be a referee you need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as a deep knowledge and love of the sport you are participating in. 

These are just a small selection of the dozens of career paths and hundreds of jobs available in sport and sports related industries in the UK today. 

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