Sports coach, instructor or official
- 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.
Typical Education Level
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.
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 10% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for sports coach, instructor or official is £23,264
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,750. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, 138 jobs have been posted for sports coach, instructor or official roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £23,264 per year. That is about £1,939 per month or £11.93 per hour. New workers generally start on £14,450, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £39,176
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,750 people are employed in the region.