An apprenticeship is your sporting chance to succeed

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 13 apprenticeships in this sector. New for 2018 is the community activator coach apprenticeship, which will train you to promote, deliver and coach fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help whole communities to change their behaviour, adopt and keep to a physically active lifestyle. There are also apprenticeships focusing on particular sports, working at leisure centres and coaching personal fitness.

Interests and skills

Consider a career in this area if you enjoy physical activity, working outdoors, or helping and educating others.

School subjects

The school subjects that may prepare you for an apprenticeship in sport and fitness include:

  • Science
  • PE
Further reading

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Apprenticeships in Sport and fitness

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Activity leadership/Outdoor programmes apprenticeship

The UK outdoors sector is vibrant, exciting and growing. It is particularly suited to those with a passion and enthusiasm

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Coaching apprenticeship (swimming and tennis)

The Coaching apprenticeship is designed for those who wish to gain a broad but solid foundation to allow them to

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Exercise & fitness and Personal training apprenticeship

The health and fitness industry is made up of private health clubs and gyms that are publicly run through local

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Leisure operations and management apprenticeship

Places with leisure and recreation facilities range from leisure and recreation centres to caravan and holiday parks. From swimming pools

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Playwork apprenticeship

Play is important in every child’s life, helping to develop valuable social skills that form the foundation of a healthy

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Spectator safety apprenticeship

Event stewards, marshals and ground safety officers are responsible for ensuring the health, safety and security of spectators attending large-scale

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Sporting excellence apprenticeship

This dedicated Advanced Level apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence has been designed to meet the needs of young and talented athletes

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Sports development apprenticeship

Sports development aims to improve access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities, to develop

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Supporting teaching and learning in physical education and school sport apprenticeship

The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport apprenticeship is for anyone who wants to work with children,

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