Sports administrators help to ensure the smooth running of a sports organisation, which may range from reception work at a local sports club to marketing or human resources at a major sports club. There are also opportunities in sports funding bodies and local authority sports development.
Sports administrators have a similar range of responsibilities to administrators in other fields, but are likely to focus on organising events and running sports facilities. Duties are also likely to include promotion of the services of their club, responding to users, fundraising, and possibly working with budgets and dealing with supply chain management. There are often opportunities to take on higher levels of responsibility fairly quickly.
Sport has gained in political and social significance, with growing public awareness of its contribution to personal health, community development and the national economy. As a result, there is increasing demand for higher quality and more diverse provision, and staff are expected to possess a wide range of personal skills and attributes.
Specific responsibilities vary considerably according to the level of the post and the employing organisation. Duties range from routine administration to managing complex projects, budgets and resources. The work frequently addresses regional, national, political and ethical agendas.
Typical work activities might include any combination of the following:
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