Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials

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.


New workers

New workers start around £12,680. Normal pay is £23,491 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £44,061.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 100,489 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Manages the playing areas and competitors, starts race, competition or match and controls its progress according to established rules.

  • Inspects and maintains specialised clothing and equipment.

  • Understands health and safety aspects of various activities and ensures any statutory requirements are met.

  • Provides information and develops facilities to encourage greater participation in sport, and to enhance the standards of participants.

  • Deals with administrative aspects such as arranging matches, contests or appearances for athlete or team, and organising required transport and accommodation.

  • Monitors and analyses technique and performance, and determines how future improvements can be made.

  • Controls team selection and discipline and recruits ancillary staff such as coaches or physiotherapists.

  • Coaches teams or individuals by demonstrating techniques and directing training and exercise sessions.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Sports Coaching

  • Working With Children

  • Physical Education

  • Child Protection

  • Gymnastics

  • Child Safeguarding

  • National Curriculum

  • Sales Prospecting

  • Lesson Planning

  • Pediatric First Aid

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Coaching

  • Teaching

  • Communication

  • Enthusiasm

  • Customer Service

  • Management

  • Planning

  • First Aid

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Organizational Skills

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.