Sports Coach

Are you a super-fit person, always down the gym? Do you enjoy being outdoors and getting everyone involved in a game?

Then why not think about a job in sport and leisure. You could soon be helping people learn or improve a skill, enjoy themselves and keep fit.

Perhaps you could be running sessions or leading classes, taking bookings or processing payments, but as you gain experience you can qualify as a fitness instructor or personal trainer, an expedition leader, sports coach or even a safety officer at your favourite football club.

Whatever activity you're involved in, you might be quite tired at the end of the day but you'll probably have enjoyed yourself more than many people do at work.

Sport and Recreation Qualifications

If you need a general introduction to the sport and leisure industry, then our Level 1 NVQ Award in Sport and Active Leisure is an ideal qualification.

You can also learn while you earn with an Sports apprenticeship.

For more information, browse for a qualification using the qualifications finder.

Where to study

Search for a centre that offers your chosen qualification by using the Find a Centre search box (on the top right of each page).

KEY INFO

Type of work:
Sport/leisure centre manager, fitness instructor.

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Who you could work for:
Outdoor activity centres, specialist sport facilities.

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Likely hours:
Will vary enormously. Stewards would work part-time, fitness instructors will tend to work consistent hours (including some weekends and evenings), while activity leaders and coaches could work away from home.

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Starting salary*:
This depends completely on which job you do. Your careers service will have more information.

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Perfect for you if you are:
Active, into fitness or exercise, sociable, knowledgeable about the body, diet, fitness, etc.

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You could even go on to:
Manage a gym or leisure centre, become a safety officer at a football club, lead expeditions to exotic places or even become a personal trainer.

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

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