More than just teams and competition

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. 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.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head

Coaching: Swimming and tennis

“Swimming or tennis coaching in a community setting” Novice coaches who want to work in the active leisure sector should consider this apprenticeship, with a focus on either swimming or

Community activator coach

“A community activator coach leads and coaches fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help people of all ages to change their behaviour and adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle”

Community sport and health officer

“A community sport and health officer engages people in sport and physical activity across local communities” The key role of a community sport and health officer is to engage local

Exercise and fitness

“Instructing and directing people through a variety of exercise and fitness activities that help them to lose weight, get fit and generally become healthier” Health and fitness instructors work with

Leisure duty manager

“A leisure duty manager oversees 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,

Leisure operations and management

“The leisure operations and management apprenticeship focuses on operating or running a sport, recreation or leisure facility” Places with leisure and recreation facilities range from leisure and recreation centres to

Leisure team member

“A leisure team member supports, enhances and delivers 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

Outdoor activity instructor

“An outdoor activity instructor supervises and guides children and adults in activities and pastimes” An outdoor activity instructor supervises and guides children and adults in activities and pastimes such as

Outdoor programmes

“Preparing and leading a range of outdoor activities for recreation, adventure tourism, and education and training” Outdoor activities encompass outdoor recreation, adventure tourism, and education and training, and require leaders

Personal trainer

“A personal trainer coaches clients (on a one-to-one and small group basis) towards their health and fitness goals” Through the design and provision of creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction,