Job type

Sports development officer

£18k - £30k

Typical salary

36 – 38

Hours per week

Sports development officers organise projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport and have a healthier lifestyle.

More info

  • Organise projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport
  • You'll need excellent communication skills and project management skills
  • You could become a sports development manager or a regional manager


  • Finding and training staff, coaches and volunteers for projects
  • Promoting and running projects and activities
  • Monitoring and evaluating projects
  • Finding funding
  • Managing resources and budgets
  • Putting local and national policies into practice
  • Attending meetings, seminars and conferences
  • Coaching or supervising sport


You may work some evenings and weekends. You'll be office based but will travel to community groups, schools, events and sports venues.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with excellent communication skills, project management skills, the ability to manage and motivate others, IT and administrative skills.

There are no set requirements but you'll need to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role, for example through coaching qualifications.

You'll find it useful to have a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a related subject like sports development, sports coaching or sports science.

You can also work towards this role by starting with an advanced apprenticeship as a community sport and health officer.

There's a lot of competition for jobs, so networking and making contacts will give you more chance of finding work.

You can get useful experience by playing sports, volunteering as a coach, helping out on community and holiday sports schemes, or working with a local sports club. This can help to build up your confidence and may lead to getting professional coaching qualifications.


With experience you could become a sports development manager or a regional manager.