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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 Coach. This page details the following Information:-

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

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Working Duties Expected

Sports coaches (or sports instructors) help people develop their talents and learn the skills they need to participate safely and to the best of their ability in sport.

Some coaches/instructors work in exercise and health, which includes aerobics, weight training, circuit training, keep fit and yoga. Participants are usually exercising to improve their health and well being, not competing. Coaches in this area may be referred to as a teacher.

Coaches/instructors may also work in sports with individuals or those competing as part of a team, at professional and amateur level. Those who work with amateurs could work with anyone from beginner to Olympic level. They ensure participants are in peak condition for their competition and may work with other professionals such as nutritionists and physiotherapists. Using video and computerised technology they analyse performers and opponents strengths and weaknesses.

Every sport has a governing body with its own rules and regulations. Coaches must be familiar with these so they can teach them to participants.

More experienced and qualified exercise and health teachers may work with people who have special requirements, such as individuals who are recovering from heart attacks.

Hours and Environment

Coaches/instructors usually work evenings and weekends, when most people participate in recreation. Those who coach/instruct sport have to be present at training sessions and competitions, resulting in long working hours. Travel may be involved.

The work environment varies according to what type of sport or activity they coach/instruct. Some coaches spend most of their time outside working in all weathers.

The work involves long periods of standing around watching others participate, mixed with periods of activity when the coach/instructor/teacher demonstrates or trains with participants.

Skills and Interests

To be a sports coach/instructor you should have:

  • good verbal communication skills
  • the ability to inspire confidence and motivate performers
  • analytical skills
  • perseverance and patience
  • in-depth knowledge of your sport
  • enthusiasm for the sport
  • good organisational skills
  • physical stamina.


To become a coach/instructor you must have experience in your chosen sport and qualifications which are approved by the relevant national governing body (NGB). No formal academic qualifications are required for entry to these courses, with the exception of golf. (Trainee golf coaches/instructors must have four GCSE s (A-C)/S grades (1-3) demonstrating literacy and numeracy).

Degrees in coaching, sports science, sports studies, movement studies and physical education can provide coaching qualifications and experience. The minimum entry requirements for a degree course are five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) with two A levels/three H grades, or equivalent. For a BEd or BA with Qualified Teacher Status, GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) in English and maths are also required.

The BTEC/SQA Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Leisure Studies has a sports coaching option and is available to students who have four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), and one A level/two H grades or equivalent. Edexcel Foundation, National Certificate and Diploma courses all incorporate coaching within a broad programme of part-time or full-time study.

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.

Late entry is common for adults in this field. Most coaches/instructors are in their 20s and 30s, but a few continue until usual retirement age. Coaches/instructors are often ex-professional sports people who have gained coaching qualifications.


To gain a coaching/instructing qualification relevant to your sport or activity, you can train directly through the national governing body, or as part of a college or university course where arrangements have been made to incorporate vocational studies. For information about such courses, see: Entry. Some coaching courses require students to be at least 18 years old and many ask for a first aid certificate.

Sports Coach UK offers an extensive programme of personal development courses for coaches from all sports and at every level. All courses provide necessary underpinning knowledge to help coaches generate evidence for the NVQ/SVQs in coaching.

School teachers, particularly physical education teachers, can join the "Coaching for Teachers" programme which is run by Sports Coach UK in conjunction with local education authorities (LEAs).

NVQs/SVQS are available in sport, recreation and allied occupations. There is a generic level 1 award. Coaching, Teaching and Instructing at levels 2 and 3 is awarded in the context of a specific sport/activity and age group.

The Armed Forces offer the same awards as those recognised by civilian sporting bodies.

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 vary from sport to sport. Professional sports such as football and cricket have traditionally had full-time coaching opportunities, but these have now extended to other areas including horse riding, ice-skating, golf, swimming, tennis, water sports, health and fitness.

Full-time positions for coaching professionals are scarce and competition is fierce. Coaches tend to be judged by the success of the person or the team they coach. Job security can be precarious.

Some coaches/instructors are qualified youth and community workers. Others are qualified physical education teachers. There are also opportunities in the Armed Forces for physical training instructors and physical education officers.

Progression into less physically demanding jobs, such as lecturing, sports development, management or administration may be possible. Some become personal trainers.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Full-time salaries vary between £12,000 to £40,000.
Part-time rates vary depending on how many people are being coached and at what level. The hourly rate ranges from £6-£20.

Further information

Sports Coach UK
114 Cardigan Road
Tel: 0113 274 4802

Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR)
Francis House
Francis Street
Tel: 020 7854 8500

Other Useful Sports Coach Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Sports Coach job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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