Sports Career Opportunities in Not-For-Profit Organisations

by frank-stuart

What are not-for-profit organisations?

In Australia, a not-for-profit organisation is one that does not generate a financial profit for its members, and that exists and operates to create or promote a social benefit. In a not-for-profit entity, any profits made are directed back into the organisation, so that it can continue in its purpose.

Examples of not-for-profits

These include churches, schools, community centres, clubs (including sporting clubs), public entities such as libraries and museums, environmental or pet protection societies, benevolent societies, public child care centres and health charities, to name a few.

Sporting careers in not-for-profit organisations Australia

Rather than work in the business sector many sport and fitness professionals might choose to work in not-for-profits. Reasons for this might include a sense of meaning and purpose in the work, a desire to contribute to the community, or better stability of employment in some cases. Non-profit organisations do not necessarily pay less in wages than profit ventures, but they might do in some instances, possibly depending on their means and budgets.

Sporting careers in this sector might include the following:

Sports coaching:

Coaches might work for various organisations such as sporting clubs, schools, church sports clubs, and public fitness centres. Since the aim of sports coaching is to improve sporting performance it requires skills in the following:

  • Thorough knowledge of and enthusiasm for the chosen sport.
  • Observing players’ performances.
  • Teaching techniques to improve skills.
  • Planning and organising training programs, game strategies and entry to competitions.
  • Supervising team exercise and fitness.
  • Recruitment of players, other coaches and staff.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good leadership and organisation abilities.
  • Ability and willingness to travel with the team.

Sports development:

People who love sport and are also interested in social justice and welfare and in providing access to sports participation for disadvantaged groups in the community, might be interested in pursuing a career as a sports development officer.

Tasks may include promotion of health and fitness within a community and the development of programs targeted for specific people – seniors, children, disabled or indigenous groups for example.

A sports development officer might also be involved in coaching, sports business management, financial administration and training of staff or coaches. Skills required include:

  • An interest in a wide variety of sporting activities.
  • A desire to promote equal opportunities for sports participation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good organisational ability.

Health promotion:

Health promotion officers are involved in education and promotion within their communities about health issues. In the case of a sports career this might involve promotion of health, fitness and nutrition. A health promotion officer might also be involved in developing sports and nutrition programs and various policies designed to create healthier communities.

Health promotion officers might work for youth clubs, schools, not-for-profit societies, health clubs and charities.

Training and education:

Not every sports job in the not-for-profit sector necessarily requires a qualification. However, those wanting to work in these fields might be interested in courses such as sports business or health and movement.

Interested in a career in the not-for-profit sector? Many of the degrees at ACPE allow you to work for not-for-profit organisations including Bachelor of Sports Business, Bachelor of Sports Coaching and Administration and the Bachelor of Health and Movement. Find out more>

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