Get on the right track to keep the nation fit and healthy

Sport and fitness covers all aspects of sport and recreation, from professional sport to exercise instruction—including work in leisure centres, gyms, swimming pools, stadiums, and private sports clubs, as well as a range of outdoor activities.

Sport is about more than just teams and competition—it’s all forms of physical activity that improve physical fitness and mental wellbeing. Sport can even help people form social relationships. Millions of people enjoy sports at community leisure centres, private health clubs, outward bound centres, and after-school clubs—and all of these need keen and motivated staff to make sure things run smoothly and safely, as well as to instruct, inspire, and keep an eye on people.

There are multiple options in this sector and many jobs are customer focused, so you’ll need great people skills. As a community activator coach, you could promote, deliver and coach fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help whole communities to change their behaviour, and adopt and keep to a physically active lifestyle. There are also apprenticeships focusing on particular sports, working at leisure centres and coaching personal fitness.

Alternatively, as an outdoor activity instructor, you could supervise and guide children and adults in activities and pastimes such as canoeing, sailing, climbing, surfing, cycling, hillwalking, archery, bushcraft, rock pooling, geology, plant identification, or habitat or wildlife walks.

Whatever role you choose, excellent customer service skills and a love for sport and exercise will be essential.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head

Community activator coach

Lead and coach fun, inclusive and engaging activities The community activator coach, in the role of activator, sports coach, activity leader, community worker or outreach officer, will primarily work with

Community sport and health officer

Engage people in sport and physical activity across local communities The key role of a community sport and health officer is to engage local residents in sport and physical activity

Leisure duty manager

Oversee the day-to-day operation of a leisure facility The leisure duty manager is in charge of the effective day-to-day ‘front line’ operation of a leisure facility, such as a swimming

Leisure team member

Support, enhance and deliver the day-to-day operations and services of a leisure or fitness facility A leisure team member supports, enhances and delivers the day-to-day operations and services of a

Outdoor activity instructor

Supervise and guide children and adults in outdoor activities and pastimes An outdoor activity instructor supervises and guides children and adults in activities and pastimes such as canoeing, sailing, climbing,

Personal trainer

Coach clients towards their health and fitness goals Through the design and provision of creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction, nutritional advice and overall lifestyle management, in the role of

Sporting excellence professional

Capable of performing consistently and effectively in training environments and competitions This apprenticeship is applicable across football, cricket and rugby league and union. During your apprenticeship, you’ll develop into a