Sports development officers organise sports based projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport and to have a healthier lifestyle. Their aim is to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy sport.
To get into this work you’ll need to have knowledge and experience of how to encourage people to take up sport. Many sports development officers also have a degree or equivalent, in sports development or sports coaching. If you are able to show that you have relevant experience, you may not need a degree. You can often get experience by volunteering for local sports projects.
As a sports development officer you could be involved in working with local communities to identify the need and demand for new activities. Officers also work to improve access to sport for young people, people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged communities. Often you could be tasked with developing a specific sport in a school, or for a county or national governing body (NGB)