Occupation | Weston College

Sports coach, instructor or official

Sports coaches, instructors and officials work with amateur and professional sportsmen and women to enhance performance, encourage greater participation in sport, supervise recreational activities such as canoeing and mountaineering, and organise and officiate at sporting events according to established rules.

Tasks

  • 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

Level 1-3

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

£23,264

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for sports coach, instructor or official is £23,264

1,750 positions

Current Employment

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.

138 jobs

Job Postings

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.

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