Sports Coaching

After your degree a clear option will be to look for opportunities as a Sports Coach ideally in a sport that you enjoy or participate in. To be able to do this you will need to have obtained as a minimum a Level 2 Coaching Qualification in your chosen area.


You will have gained skills and competencies through studying for your degree - remember a lot of these skills are transferable to a number of other jobs 

  • Help people achieve their full potential
  • Encourage/persuade under-represented groups or young people to participate in sporting activities
  • Identify needs - plan and implement suitable training programmes
  • Developing a participants physical and psychological fitness
  • Communicate instructions and commands using clear simple language
  • Inspire and give confidence
  • Liaise with other partners in performance management  including other coaches and Physiotherapists and nutritionists for example
  • Work to a high legal and ethical standard particularly in relation to child safeguarding and health and safety requirements 

Typical settings

Coaches can work in a number of settings for a range of different organisations. Some typical employers could be a local authority, National Governing body (NGB's), school sports club or a leisure centre. A number of coaches are often employed at seasonal summer camps and there are a number of opportunities for Sport Coaches to work overseas. Useful additions to your Level 2 Coaching Qualification would be to have a Child Protection/Safeguarding qualification and also one in First Aid. Having a driving licence can also be advantageous.

Sport and recreation includes a variety of types of organisations with a range of funding channels or support ranging from commercial sports with large facilities to smaller sports clubs running on a charitable basis.

Other options

Other careers of interest to Sport Coaching students include gym instructor, personal trainer, outdoor adventure leader, teaching, uniformed services, armed forces. Prospects website has a good range of information about sports coaching related career paths.

Applying for Jobs

You will need an up to date relevant and concise cv to apply for jobs and/or gain voluntary positions as a coach. It is important to tailor your cv or application to demonstrate your strengths and suitability for a job and to draw an employer's attention to the most relevant aspects of your education/experience.


  • Interviews for coaching positions will concentrate on technical aspects of the Sport you are wanting to coach. (For example there may be questions on how you might improve a tennis players serve or a footballers long range passing).
  • It is useful to have some background knowledge about any recent developments in the sport which you can find on that particular sport's governing body internet site
  • Depending on the role, you could be asked about your ability to engage with different client groups and how you might persuade someone to engage in one of your activities.
  • As with most jobs your IT ability will be important - for example;  to record and monitor attendance of clients who attend your sessions.

Self Employment

Self Employment is a possible future consideration for Sport Coaching students at some point in their career. With the relevant qualifications and experience Sport Coaches could consider developing their own summer camps for example or build up their own data base of clients. 

You can find more information about self-employment and the support available to you here.

Further Study

Some careers open to sport coaching students will require further post graduate study.  For example to become a teacher at either secondary or primary level will need to get qualified teacher status.  You may also want to get consider further coaching qualifications.

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Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12:01