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A Career In... Sports Coaching

Dec. 8, 2020, 4:59 p.m.
Are you looking to pursue a career in Sports Coaching?

Working within the sports industry can be an exciting and rewarding career. If you are passionate about sport, and enjoy working in an activity based role, a sports coaching career may be a fantastic career option.

Below, our team have provided an in-depth review of a career in Sports Coaching, which looks at what you'll be doing, the career progression routes available and how you can kick-start your career.

What You'll Be Doing

Firstly, it's important to highlight that working in the sports industry requires strong leadership skills, patience and creativity. As part of working in a coaching role, you could potentially be interacting with people of all ages and all backgrounds. Meaning you'll be required to adapt and tailor your skills to specific types of people.

Your roles and responsibilities could include:

- Plan fun, engaging coaching activities, sessions and programmes in a safe environment
- Design training programmes based on your groups ability
- Give feedback on performance and help to improve techniques
- Work with young people, schools, community groups and sports organisations to promote sports and healthy wellbeing
- Monitor the physical condition and mental attitude of the people you coach
- Work alongside experts in sport like sports scientists, nutritionists, physiotherapists and programme managers

The Working Environment:

Keep in mind that working in the sports industry will usually mean you are participating in an activity based role, on your feet for most of the day.

Majority of sports coaching roles are based outside in a sporting area, or inside in a training centre. So it is ideal that you are comfortable to deal with all types of weather.

You will be working in a team environment, engaging with groups of people. You may also be required to liaise with other sporting professionals such as nutritionists or scientists.

Are You Right For The Job?

The skills and experience required to pursue a career as a Sports Coach can vary depending on the level you are coaching at, however, in most roles you will need the following attributes:

- Strong Leadership skills
- The confidence to teach groups of people new skills
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- Knowledge of teaching and the ability to create engaging courses or training sessions
- Ability to demonstrate skills or activities to a high level
- A level of knowledge for basic sports training and first aid


Starting your career in the sports industry can lead to various different avenues, with the potential to work your way up the ladder. In some cases, people who start in an entry level role can work their way up to secure a Management role, where you will be required to take on more pressured tasks and be responsible for other team members. Working as a sports coach can also see you progress up to teaching at a higher level of ability, meaning you could potentially work with professional sports people at football, rugby or cricket clubs.

Starting Your Career:

You can pursue a career as a Sports Coach by following the paths below:

- A university course
- A college course
- An apprenticeship
- Work placements
- Entry level employment
- Volunteering

Try to gain as much experience as possible before applying to any courses or job roles. It may also be beneficial to complete relevant online courses or carry out research on the sector to get a step ahead!

Not sure you're ready to enter employment in the sports industry? Our Access To Sport Programme offers the opportunity to gain the relevant skills and experience needed before progressing onto further education or employment. Find out more and apply now, by clicking here.