Guide to jobs and volunteering in the sports sector

This guide details the many benefits that young people can experience from undertaking voluntary work experience and lists some of the various careers that are on offer within the sports sector. We hope that you find this information interesting, informative and a help in seeing the huge variety of careers that are open to all young people within the Sports Sector.

Jobs and Volunteering in the Sports Sector (pdf)

Current Vacancies

  • Explore Kent – Campaigns and Marketing Officer
    Closing date: Wednesday 20 September 2017
    Interview date: Thursday 5 October 2017
    Explore Kent are looking for a creative individual, who will use their communication and organisational skills to lead on the creation and delivery of multi-channel, high-impact campaigns, projects and programmes for Explore Kent and its partners. With a focus on both economic and health & wellbeing benefits, you will bring your experience and ideas to develop marketing activities and behaviour change programs on a fixed-term basis, with a potential for the role to become permanent. The ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day is essential.
    Contact: Steve Law
    Phone: 03000 413406

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  • Sport England – Coach Development Manager
    Closing date: Monday 18 September 2017
    The role operates as part of the Sport England Talent team and the primary function is to work with key partners and NGB colleagues to commission, oversee, organise and deliver coach development programmes and activities. Working closely with colleagues within UK Coaching and UK Sport to create, manage and implement key coach development programmes that support the England Talent Pathway coaching and the Sport England coaching strategy.

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  • Sport England – Head of Talent Development
    Closing date: Monday 18 September 2017
    Operating as part of the Sport England Talent Team, under the direction of the Strategic Lead for Talent and Performance, the post-holder will help deliver Sport England’s talent strategy and objectives by working closely with a specific group of National Governing Bodies of Sport as well as a number of key partners to manage Sport England investments and ensure optimal delivery of agreed Sport England targets and key performance indicators.

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  • Sport England – Head of Talent Inclusion
    Closing date: Sunday 17 September 2017
    This newly created role will lead the development and implementation of our plans with regards to talent inclusion in addition to supporting colleagues in the execution of the broader talent strategy. You will be passionate about inclusion and the power of sport. Working with an advisory group you will create an investment process to catalyse the successful delivery of several talent projects. You will oversee these projects to ensure progress in equality of opportunity and access with the aim of increasing the diversity of athletes within talent pathways. You will work with colleagues and key organisations across the sector to commission research, develop and implement plans, form impactful partnerships and design innovative programmes and interventions.

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  • Kent Golf Union – County Secretary
    Closing date: Saturday 30 September 2017

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  • Kent Golf Union – Golf Manager
    Closing date: Saturday 30 September 2017

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Further Education

  • Canterbury Christ Church University – Foundation Degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity
    Two year programme starting in September 2017 designed for students who are currently working in a physical education setting and who want to obtain a qualification whilst only attending university one day a week.
    Phone: 01785 711 572

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  • Canterbury Christ Church University – BA Top Up year in Physical Education and Physical Activity
    A natural follow on from the Foundation Degree, on successful completion of this students will obtain a BA (Hons) in Physical Education and Physical Activity. Again, this programme is only one day a week.  The next cohort will start in September 2017.

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Work Experience / Placement

The Kent Sport and Physical Activity service receives many requests from people looking to undertake work experience or placements within the service.

Any enquiries for work placements must go through Kent County Council, where you will find details of the types of placements which can be offered and the application form.

We also suggest that those looking for work experience get in touch with the Sports Development unit in their local area, who may be able to offer opportunities. It is important to note that work experience cannot be guaranteed.