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Sports Development

Sports development involves; organising projects, programmes, information and training to encourage people to increase their activity and have a healthier lifestyle or participate in their community. The work is challenging and varied and may include the development of performance sport, community sport and physical activity and /or participation for particular target groups.

Sports development officers will typically be responsible for working with local communities to identify the need and demand for new activities, improving access to sport for young people, people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged communities, and supporting Community amateur sports clubs. You may also be responsible for organising National Governing Body qualification courses, sport and physical activity events and supporting initiatives to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders.

Typical tasks involved in sports development can include; making sure resources are used and all available funding is accessed; putting local and national policies into practice; identifying opportunities for funding; organising, promoting and running projects; monitoring and evaluating projects; attending meetings, seminars and conferences and finding and training suitable staff, coaches and volunteers for projects. You may also need to manage resources and budgets.

Job Roles

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Community Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Specific Development Officer


Last Updated: 12/04/2012

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