Sports development officer?
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This career is open to all graduates and those with an HND, but the following subjects may increase your chances:
Entry without a degree or HND is possible. In this case, coaching qualifications and related work experience are likely to increase your chances.
A postgraduate qualification is not required for entry, although some sports development officers do hold such qualifications.
Pre-entry work experience in community, sport, school or voluntary organisations is essential. Coaching experience is highly desirable. This can be gained through working or volunteering for local authorities or sport national governing bodies (NGBs) and clubs.
Candidates need to show evidence of the following:
Employers usually request an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as part of their conditions of service. In Scotland this is provided by Disclosure Scotland and in Northern Ireland by Access NI .
It is preferable to gain as much experience as possible through voluntary or paid work in coaching and organising sports activities or holiday programmes. Building up experience of delivery in one sport is helpful, although a multi-sport approach is often ideal.
Competition for jobs can be tough. Networking and making contacts within the sports development sector through work experience will improve your chances of success.
Graduates can enter directly into a sports development officer or assistant development officer post. It is also possible to move into sports development from other jobs in sports, leisure and coaching, or from a relevant voluntary activity.
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