Sports development apprenticeship

Sports development apprenticeship

Sports development aims to improve access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities, to develop communities through the use of sport and physical activity and to address wider social inclusion agendas.

The work is challenging and varied and may include the development of performance sport, community sport and physical activity and/or participation for particular target groups.

Sports development involves organising projects, programmes, information and training to encourage people to increase their activity levels and have a healthier lifestyle or participate in their community. You won’t just be a coach doing a bit of organising, you will have a real opportunity to decide and influence strategy and policy.

Sports development is used to promote justice, sustain communities, reduce crime and promote health. Success in sport can help people in rehabilitation and self-help programmes.

On this Advanced Level apprenticeship you are most likely to work as a sports development officer, perhaps responsible for working with local communities to identify the need and demand for new activities, improving access to sport for young people with disabilities or from disadvantaged communities, or supporting initiatives to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders. Your tasks could include ensuring that resources are used and all available funding is accessed; organising, promoting and running projects; finding and training suitable staff, coaches and volunteers; and much much more.

Sports development officers sometimes promote sport in general, working for a county sports partnership or local authority, or concentrate on a specific sport, working for a national governing body as a sports-specific development officer.


Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):

Not available

Job roles:

Community sports development officer, Sports-specific development officer

Issuing Authority:

SkillsActive –