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Sports Development Officer Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Sports Development Officer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Sports Development Officer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Sports Development Officer Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Sports development officers (SDOs) ensure that all kinds of people have the opportunity to take part in sport and to develop their skills. SDOs work for local authorities, or for governing bodies of sport as sports specific development officers (SSDOs). SSDOs are linked to particular sports, for example swimming and hockey.

SDOs will work very closely with the local community, schools, clubs and volunteers to organise sports venues and promote events. If they hold coaching awards they may coach their sport, but not all SDOs or SSDOs do this.

SDOs and SSDOs write reports for the local authority, national government bodies and fund providers. The job involves administration duties including record keeping. SDOs use information technology to do this part of the job.

Hours and Environment

The hours may vary from week to week and will involve some unsociable times. Based in an office during the day carrying out administration, and spend the evenings and weekends visiting community groups, schools, events, sports venues and meetings. The work involves a lot of local travel for SDOs and regional travel for SSDOs, so a vehicle might be provided.

Although SDOs will not usually join in with the activities they have organised, they may have to be present to ensure they run smoothly. This can involve hours spent outside in all weathers.

Skills and Interests

To be a sports development officers you should:

  • be enthusiastic about sports and coaching
  • have good interpersonal and listening skills
  • be able to work as a member of a team
  • have leadership and organisational skills
  • have IT and administrative skills, especially word processing for reports
  • enjoy working with individuals and groups.


Entry

Sports development is increasingly becoming a graduate profession. Entrants usually have a first degree in sports studies, sports science, physical education or recreation/leisure management. Minimum entry for degrees is five GCSE (A-C)/S grades (1-3) with two A levels/three H grades, or equivalent.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Some entrants have postgraduate qualifications in subjects such as sports studies, health and exercise sciences or leisure management. Entry is with a first degree, which may not always have to be in a sports related subject.

Professional support and development is available through the relevant regional sports development association and a national sports development associaton is expected to be launched in the near future.

Training

A range of vocational qualifications in sport and recreation management are offered by professional bodies including: BTEC/SQA National and Higher National awards in Sports Science, Recreation Studies, Leisure Management, Leisure Studies, Sports Coaching with Sports Development; NVQs/SVQs in Sports and Recreation; at Level 2 in Coaching, Teaching and Instructing; and Activity Leadership. At Level 3 and Level 4 candidates can take Operations and Development and choose units specific to sports development.

National governing body coaching qualifications and first aid qualifications are useful for progression.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

Most SDOs have short fixed term contracts, which are dependent on funding being available. That means that you may only be guaranteed a job for two or three years.

Promotion is possible but opportunities are limited and usually involve relocating. SDOs may move successfully into the sport and leisure contractor field or into management of health and fitness programmes.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Full-time salaries vary working for local government between £15,000 and £22,000 a year.

Further information

Sports Coach UK
114 Cardigan Road
Headingley
Leeds
LS6 3BJ
Tel: 0113 274 4802
www.sportscoachuk.org

Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management
ILAM House
Lower Basildon
Reading
RG8 9NE
Tel: 01491 874800
www.ilam.co.uk

Sport Scotland
Caledonia House
South Gyle
Edinburgh
EH12 9DQ
Tel: 0131 317 7200
www.sportscotland.org.uk

Other Useful Sports Development Officer Work Information

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