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Sports coaches, instructors and officials

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£11,960 pile of coins

Age 35

£23,400 pile of coins

Age 50

£27,560 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £13,520

What does this career do?

Sports coaches, instructors and officials work with amateur and professional sportsmen and women to enhance performance, encourage greater participation in sport, supervise recreational activities such as canoeing and mountaineering, and organise and officiate at sporting events according to established rules.

Typical tasks

  • coaches teams or individuals by demonstrating techniques and directing training and exercise sessions
  • controls team selection and discipline and recruits ancillary staff such as coaches or physiotherapists
  • monitors and analyses technique and performance, and determines how future improvements can be made
  • deals with administrative aspects such as arranging matches, contests or appearances for athlete or team, and organising required transport and accommodation
  • provides information and develops facilities to encourage greater participation in sport, and to enhance the standards of participants
  • understands health and safety aspects of various activities and ensures any statutory requirements are met
  • inspects and maintains specialised clothing and equipment
  • manages the playing areas and competitors, starts race, competition or match and controls its progress according to established rules.

Current entry requirements

There are no formal academic requirements although individuals must have experience in their sport and the relevant coaching and refereeing qualifications. Applicants to coaching courses must normally be over 18 years old and hold a first-aid certificate. Some courses encompass coaching awards within broader programmes of study. NVQs/SVQs in coaching are available in the context of certain sports. Background checks including a CRB check are required for those working with children.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2020)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Full-time

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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