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If you’re an active, go-getting person then perhaps a career in sport or coaching could be perfect for you! There are lots of different opportunities available in this field, from personal trainer and footballer, to sports massage therapist and sports engagement manager, and loads of other career opportunities in-between. You may have the opportunity to go into schools and mentor young people and work in a gym or work more independently as a freelancer. With so many great Sports & Coaching apprenticeship opportunities available your dream career may be waiting for you right here…

If you’ve found the ideal Sport & Coaching role for you there’s just a few things you may want to know about how the application process for these roles usually work…

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To work in the Sport & Coaching industry it’s preferable to have 5 A*- C or 9 - 4 GCSEs, but not essential as many apprenticeships start at Level 2 to give you a foundation of knowledge to grow and work from. Once you’ve found a suitable apprenticeship you will need to start the application process.


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Required Skills & Qualifications

It’s preferable to have 5 A* - C or 9 - 4 GCSEs, but not essential as many apprenticeships start at Level 2 to give you a foundation of knowledge to grow and work from. You will need to be fit and an enthusiasm for sport and the fitness industry is essential.

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Myth busting

If you’re not interested in a desk-based role this could be ideal for you. Most sports coaches are constantly out and about staying active as they help their clients to reach their end-goal. The great thing about being a sports coach is that you can channel your passion in a chosen sport into helping someone else become the best they can be. This can be in an array of capacities, from coaching children or clients at an amateur level to working with top-level athletes.

Salary Senior Coaches working in professional sports can earn as much as £100k + p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Assistant/Trainee Sports Coach
• Sports Coach
• Senior Sports Coach

Finer Details

If you’re a night owl this may not be the ideal job for you! Sports Coaches are often expected to hold training sessions on weekends and well as in the week, often between 6am - 10am with potential additional sessions often held between 3pm - 6pm during the playing season. You may also be expected to travel away for events and tournaments.

Your Responsibilities may include:
- Teaching skills, tactics and relevant techniques of that sport.
- Analysing performance and providing feedback on ways to improve.
- Advising on health and lifestyle choices.
- Assisting with administrative tasks, promotion and career development.

The good points...

You may have the opportunity to go far in this career and work for internationally renowned sports teams at the forefront of the fitness industry with a great salary to boot.

... and the bad

You will be expected to work unsociable hours and put in 110% every day, no matter what the weather conditions are, so this is not a job for the faint-hearted!


Personal Trainer

Myth busting

Instagram has painted the picture that Personal Trainers look like they live a life of glamour. They are often seen interacting with celebrities and always sporting the most up to date sports gear, working out on the beach and living the dreamy California lifestyle - although this is the case for some Personal Trainers, most will often work in local gyms and fitness centres. Plus, it’s hard work staying at peak fitness and healthiness and constantly keeping your energy levels at 110%, so to do this job role you will need to be really passionate about working out and eating clean!

Salary Personal Trainers at the top of their game can earn as much as £80k p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Fitness Instructor (Level 2)
• Personal Trainer (Level 3)
• Personal Trainer (consultancy level)
• Gym Manager

Finer Details

Personal Trainers are expected to work when their clients are not at work - meaning early morning and evening shifts to fit around their schedules, and maybe even working weekends. During ‘office hours’ if you work for yourself as a freelancer or consultant you will need to catch up on paperwork and marketing during this time to keep bringing new clients coming on-board.

Your Responsibilities may include:
- Creating clients food and workout plans.
- Teaching clients how to do exercises correctly to maximise the impact of them without hurting themselves.
- Keeping clients motivated and helping them hit their target.

The good points...

You will get to interact with lots of different people from all walks of life and see the positive changes they are making to their body through their hard work and dedication.

... and the bad

Some people will hire Personal Trainers expecting ‘magic’ results without having to put the work in which can be very frustrating. You will need to have a lot of patience to do this role as well as a lot of energy to keep clients motivated even when they don’t feel like training.


Sports Massage Therapist

Myth busting

Sports Massage Therapists need to have an understanding of the emotional as well as the physical strains that sport can have on the body. You will need to be a great communicator and be able to create a calming atmosphere for your clients that will help them re-centre their emotional and physical state of mind.

Salary Sports Massage Therapists at the top of their game can earn as much as £80k p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Trainee Sports Massage Therapist
• Sports Massage Therapist
• Freelance/contracted Sports Massage Therapist

Finer Details

Like personal trainers there is an expectation you will fit your hours around your clients and may end up working early mornings, evenings and some weekends. When you are experienced enough to go freelance there is an opportunity to set your own hours, but you will still need to be willing to work unsociable hours to keep clients on-board.

Your Responsibilities may include:
- Helping to prevent injuries.
- Treating short and long-standing injuries.
- Identifying weak/problem areas.

The good points...

The requirement for Sports Massage Therapists is growing and there is plenty of work out there for people looking to get into this field.

... and the bad

You may have to work with people who are in pain, so may be frustrated or even angry from time to time. Being a calm, understanding presence is especially important in these situations as it will help the client relax and enable you to do what you need to do to provide them with the best level of care.


Sport Engagement Manager

Myth busting

There are lots of different types of sports engagement manager roles out there, from holding and organising specialist sessions at local schools in your area, to managing a team of activity leaders on holiday parks or working on extreme sports sites where they hold rock-climbing and other extreme sport sessions. You will need to have great people skills, a passion for sports and be able to communicate effectively as you may be talking people through sports they have never done before. You may also be expected to create new initiatives to get people engaged in sports.

Salary Sports Engagement Directors at the top of their game can earn as much as £80k p/a
Progression Job Role Progression: • Activity Leader • Sport Engagement Coordinator • Assistant Sport Engagement Manager • Sport Engagement Director/HOD

Finer Details

You will usually work standard office hours by the time you reach Sports Engagement Manager, but in the lead-up to this point in your career, you may be expected to work weekends and varied hours in the week to hold sports sessions.

Your Responsibilities may include:
- Training new activity leaders.
- Developing with new ways of getting people engaged in sports.
- Attend meetings with funding partners and clients and pitch ideas.
- Report back to senior members of staff.
- Manage projects and accounts.

The good points...

You will get to actively make decisions and organise projects to educate people about sports and get them active. Many Sports Engagement Manager positions are with charities so you may get to help provide equipment and funding to those in need of sports programmes.

... and the bad

You will have to work extra hours, especially to get projects over the line and manage employees as well which isn’t always the easiest task in the world!