Sports Development Officer

Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

Job Prospects Employment for Sports Development Officers, Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials to November 2018 is expected to grow strongly. (Source: ABS 2013)
Brief Sports Development Officers promote sports and coordinate the participation of people in sporting clubs, local councils and the wider community to ensure that people of all ages and ability can access sporting facilities so they can increase their physical activity and lead healthier lives. Sports Development Officers may also work with teams and individuals to improve their performance.

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Sports Development Officers need:
- to be physically fit
- good communication skills
- to have a passionate interest in sport
- good organisational skills
- good interpersonal skills and be able to interact with a diverse range of people
- problem-solving and negotiation skills
- thorough understanding of preferred sport

A major role of Sports Development Officers is coaching. Coaches usually specialise in a particular sport. The degree of personal proficiency required to coach a sport varies widely, and can include experience as a voluntary junior coach through to an elite coach of a highly commercialised sport.

Education Requirements

There are no formal requirements to become a Sports Development Officer, however, there are courses available which may improve your employment prospects.
TAFE SA offers courses relevant to this occupation including Certificate II in Sport Coaching, Certificate IV in Sport Coaching and Diploma of Sport Development.

Career Path

Employment opportunities depend on the number of people playing various sports, corporate sponsorship and media coverage of sporting events, the performance of Australian sporting teams and individuals and the level of community interest/involvement in these performances. The growing acceptance of sport as part of a healthy lifestyle can potentially contribute to the growth of this occupation. Sports promotion and the professionalism in many sports can also possibly contribute to job opportunities.

Nature of the Job

Sports Development Officers may need to travel to different venues to undertake their work. The work may be full time, part time or on a contract basis. Due to the nature of the role, Sports Development Officers may be required to work on weekends, public holidays and evenings.

Typical Physical Working Environment

Sports Development Officers work both indoors and outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions. Working hours can vary from week to week and may include weekends and evenings, when most people are participating in sport or other fitness activities. They have a high degree of contact with people of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. Sports Development Officers work with sporting clubs and local councils.

Typical Occupational Example

Occupational examples include Sports Coach, School Sport Coordinator, Sports Administration Officer, Council Recreation Officer and Recreation Centre Program Coordinator.

Further Information

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