Working as a sports development officer

by frank-stuart

If your passion lies in developing sports programs, then a career as a sports development officer is ideal for you. As a sports development officer, you would work to provide opportunities for participation in sport across all communities. Here’s what you can expect from the role:

  • Sports development officers organise sports-related activities, classes, programmes, coaching, club development and training.
  • They will distribute information across all sections of the community, targeting those who want to participate for recreational purposes and even compete at higher levels.
  • The main role of a sports development officer is to increase participation in all kinds of sports.
  • You would also be responsible for promoting health and addressing issues with local schools, charities, national governing bodies and work in partnership with government bodies to deliver sports initiatives.
  • Some of the tasks you can be expected to perform include:

– Identifying, planning and implementing sport, recreation and health initiatives
– coordinating, delivering and promoting sports events and activities
– employing, training, supporting, developing and managing coaches and volunteer staff;
– raising awareness of fitness and health issues
– attending seminars, conferences and writing reports
– developing relationships with organisations, schools and charities
– managing sports facilities


  • As a sports development officer, you can also specialise in certain areas, including working as aa disability sports development officer.
  • You may begin start your career as an assistant sports development officer and work your way up to a managerial position
  • Salaries will vary widely and are dependent on specialist areas, regions and types of employers.
  • Working as a sports development involves flexible hours – including weekends and school holidays. You might even been required to work evenings and travel for your role.
  • Although the work does involve outdoor activities, some sports development officers will spend a lot of their time doing admin tasks.
  • To be a successful sports development officer you should have a passion for sport, business and admin acumen, an interest in coaching, exceptional interpersonal skills, amazing organisational skills and resilience to develop, plan, promote and execute programs.
  • A nationally recognised qualification is often required to work in this field. And you can gain employment through networking, coaching and sports admin roles.


ACPE offers a number of degrees to get you started as a sports development officer. Find out about your options including in sports business. Plus, learn all about the courses on offer at ACPE, including dance, PE Teaching and sports coaching. Learn more here >

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