Sports development apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the sports development sector.

Sports development involves organising projects, programmes, information and training to encourage people to increase their activity and have a healthier lifestyle or to participate more actively in their community.

Training opportunities

The work is challenging and varied and may include the development of performance sport, community sport and physical activity and/or participation for particular target groups.

Sports development officers will typically be responsible for working with local communities to:

  • identify the need and demand for new activities
  • improve access to sport for young people, people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged communities,
  • support community amateur sports clubs

They can also be responsible for:

  • organising national governing body qualification courses
  • sport and physical activity events
  • supporting initiatives to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders.

Typical tasks involved in sports development can include:

  • making sure resources are used and all available funding is accessed
  • putting local and national policies into practice
  • identifying opportunities for funding
  • organising, promoting and running projects
  • monitoring and evaluating projects
  • attending meetings, seminars and conferences and finding and training suitable staff, coaches and volunteers for projects

They may also need to manage resources and budgets.

Types of apprenticeships

This is an advanced level apprenticeship.

Job roles

Advanced level apprenticeship.

  • community sports development officer
  • sports specific development officer
Published 12 April 2012