Sports coaches train and coach amateur and professional athletes.

What does a sports coach do?

Sports coaches train and coach amateur and professional athletes. You could be working one-on-one with an individual in sports like tennis, gymnastics or boxing, or you could be working with a group of people like a football, netball or rugby team.

As a sports coach, you’ll ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of the athletes you work with. You’ll make sure they can perform to the best of their abilities in competitions. You’ll need to be physically fit and understand all the rules of your chosen sport. 

What do I need to do to become a sports coach?

To become a sports coach, you will need to have a coaching qualification that is recognised by the governing body for your sport.

If you're interested in taking a higher education qualification in sports science it would be helpful to take a science-related subject at A level. Check entry requirements with universities.

Relevant level 3 vocational courses (eg BTEC National Diploma science or sports and exercise science) are acceptable for some sports science degrees. Check with universities.

Related skills

  • Teamwork
  • Physical fitness
  • People management
  • Communication
  • Leadership

Related subjects

  • Physical education

Essential qualifications

  • Coaching qualification (see the website for the governing body of your sport for details)

Desirable qualifications

  • Sports science degree

Where could I be working?

You’ll often be working shifts and usually outdoors. 

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