SPORT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
A Sport Development Officer creates and delivers programmes that engage and motivate people to take part in sport. They typically aim to increase participation in specific demographics and areas through a range of activities. These include volunteering, small-sided games, inclusion and disability, and women’s sport.
They analyse any barriers to participation and work to overcome them. Recruitment of volunteers is a key part of the job; a Sport Development Officer may also be required to mentor any volunteers in their work through a coach education programme.
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A range of organisations employ Development Officers. Professional clubs, governing bodies, charities, colleges and universities all seek individuals to help them develop sport.
Passes in GCSE Maths and English are essential. An undergraduate degree in Sport Science or related field is desirable. Coaching qualifications are also encouraged.
Good knowledge and understanding of sport, coupled with a genuine passion, is essential. Experience of co-ordinating and managing projects is necessary, while coaching experience is highly beneficial. Awareness of barriers to participation and examples where an applicant has helped overcome those barriers, may help set them apart from the competition.