Sports Administrator

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Job Prospects Varied - Sports administrators are employed mostly by sporting clubs, associations and organising bodies. Generally, smaller sports bodies employ sports administrators on a part-time basis.
Salary Range $1,150 to $1500 (Source ABS, 2013)
Brief Sports administrators are involved in the coordination and management of sports clubs, recreational associations and peak sporting bodies, undertaking activities such as promoting their sport, obtaining corporate sponsorship, overseeing programs and events, reviewing their rules & policies governing their sport.

Sports administrators usually work with a voluntary board or committee to develop strategies and programmes to achieve the aims and policies of the club, association or peak body.

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Plans, organises, directs, controls, coordinates and promotes sport and recreational activities and develops related policies. Personal requirements include: a strong interest in sport and recreation: good communication and interpersonal skills; sound business ability and management; and good organisation and time management skills.

Education Requirements

There are no specific educational requirements to become a Sport Administrator, however, the skills gained through undertaking a course in Sport and Recreation are considered to be relevant.
TAFE SA offers the following courses relevant to this occupation: Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation and Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management.

Career Path

There is no formal pathway to becoming a sports administrator. It may be possible to enter this occupation with no formal qualifications, though a strong background in sport and a sound understanding of business principles will usually be required.

Since sport has become more complex and businesslike, more clubs, associations and organisations are appointing trained professional administrators.

Nature of the Job

Sports administrators may perform the following tasks: talk to clients and conduct research to determine their specific needs ; develop programmes and services to meet client needs; develop short-term and long-term business plans for their sports club or organisation; supervise the planning, design, planning and maintenance of sport and recreation facilities; plan and organise sporting programs and other related events; supervise office, facility and/or programme staff and volunteers ; identify staff training needs; coordinate the business activities of a sport, or of a club; report to various committees and/or government agencies ; plan and oversee promotional and marketing activities; secure funding and prepare, implement and monitor budgets; and conduct meetings.

Typical Physical Working Environment

Normally office work. Be prepared to travel and work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.

Typical Occupational Example

Occupational Example: Sports Development Manager - A sports development manager works to increase the number of people playing a sport.

Sports Facility Manager - A sports facility manager manages a sporting venue, such as an indoor swimming centre, recreation centre or an athletics stadium.

Sports Marketing Manager - A sports marketing manager works to improve the image, profile and funding of the particular sport or event.

Further Information

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