CAREERS IN
SPORT AND LEISURE

You don’t have to be a gym addict, a marathon runner or a football fan to work in this sector. Sport and Leisure covers a lot of areas like, sport and recreation, health and fitness, the outdoors and visitor attractions so the job opportunities are waiting for you!

So, on your marks, get set…..Get ready to work in Sport and Leisure!

Sport and Leisure        
Centre Managers        
can earn between      
    £15,000  
- £20,000

a year. (Cascaid, 
2016)            


Wales will
need over
3,000
recruits

in Sports & Fitness
occupations by 2022
(Working Futures,
2012-2022)

Around


8,000

people in Wales work in the Outdoor Activity industry. It’s worth
£481million

(Welsh Government, 2015)


over
600,000
people work in Sports and Fitness across the UK in over 230,000 different organisations
(Careermap, 2016)


THE SKILLS YOU’LL NEED

The Sport and Leisure industry need people with skills like:

  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Teamwork
  • Sport specific technical skills
  • Being physically fit
  • Customer service
  • Helping people to learn
  • Leadership and Management


WHY NOT VOLUNTEER?

Volunteering in Sports and Leisure is a great way to:

  • Keep skills current and gain new skills
  • Keep qualifications updated and gain new qualifications
  • Make new contacts and create opportunities to find work
  • Give something back to the community and help others


Approximately 9%
of the adult population
(aged 15 and over)
volunteer in sport.
(Sport Wales Active
Adult Survey, 2014)

GETTING IN

Desirable qualifications to work in Sport and Leisure can include:

  • Pool lifeguard
  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety
  • Coaching Award
  • Leadership instructor

Vocational Studies

You can take vocational subjects at school or college.

Courses like:

  • Sport and Public Services Level 1
  • Sport (Performance and Excellence) Level 2
  • Sport (Sports Coaching, Development and Fitness) Level 3

Training and Apprenticeships

Many people train through apprenticeship programmes.

Courses like:

  • Certificate in Outdoor Activity Leadership Level 2
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Instructing Exercise and Fitness Level 2
  • Sport and Active Leisure; Operational Services Level 2
  • Diploma in Sport Level 3

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1 in 10
Sports & Leisure
Management graduates
work as Sport coaches,
Instructors and Officials
(Prospects 2015)

Higher Qualifications

You can also go on to study higher qualifications.

Courses like:

  • Sports and Leisure Management HND/HNC
  • Sport Business Management BSc (Hons)
  • Sports Physiotherapy MSc
  • Nutrition (Exercise and Health) BSc (Hons)
  • Sport Development and Coaching BA (Hons)


WHERE COULD YOU WORK?

The Sport and Leisure sector is big so you can work in different areas like:

  • Local authorities
  • Schools, Further Education and Higher Education
  • Health sector
  • Professional sports clubs
  • Leisure centres
  • Swimming pools
  • Spas and Gyms
  • Outdoor activity centres


COULD YOU BE A PROFESSIONAL SPORTS PLAYER?


Of those entering the game (football)
at 16 50% will be outside
football by the time they're 18.
At 21 years old, 75% or above
are outside football.

(Professional Footballers’ Association Education Department, 2014)

A lot of people dream of making it big in the sport they love; representing their country in rugby, winning the Masters in golf or winning a gold medal in the Olympics.

It’s good to dream and set yourself targets, after all to become a professional sports player determination and ambition are key factors. It’s also important to remember that in reality becoming a professional is very competitive so it’s important to have a back-up plan.

To get started why not look out for opportunities with local clubs, play for your school team, attend summer sport camps or join an academy.

Check out Sport Wales to find out more.


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