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

Work at The Open

Join The Open in summer 2020 when golf’s oldest Championship returns to Royal St George’s, on the beautiful Kent coastline for the first time since 2011.

The Open relies on the recruitment of temporary employees and volunteers to help deliver a memorable experience for the thousands of spectators who will be part of the Championship in July 2020.

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Stoolball England – Coaching Trainer Course

Stoolball England’s aim is to develop a team of freelance Coaching Trainers who will deliver exciting, creative and inclusive stoolball sessions. The training programme will enable Coaching Trainers to deliver course content in a classroom environment as well as practical coaching on the ground. Coaches will develop and deliver stoolball sessions at their own pace and fitting-in with their work-life balance.

For more information please contact Stoolball England or visit the Stoolball England website

Strive PE & Sport – Casual PE Sports Coaches

Strive PE & Sport deliver Physical Education and Sporting activities to primary schools across Kent and Medway. They are looking for enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated sports coaches in a range of sports to help us deliver their programme in the New Year. Training is provided and hours are on a casual basis, however the programme is expanding in the New Year and they are looking for coaches who can deliver high quality sessions for primary and infant school students. The applicant should possess some Coaching qualifications, a valid enhanced DBS check and be willing to travel to coaching venues.

For more information please contact or visit the Strive PE & Sport website

First Class Football – Football Coach

First Class Football are looking for an experienced, reliable football coach in the Royal Tunbridge Wells area, who can provide weekday and/or weekend sessions to young players aged 5-12 years of age.  You should be an FA Level 2 or 3 coach who is able to provide high-quality coaching sessions. We may also consider FA level 1 coaches with lots of experience.  Sessions will take place in and around the West Kent area and you will need to have your own vehicle.

For more information please contact or visit the First Class Football website.

There are always lots of opportunities listed on the TM Active careers page, so it’s worth checking them out too!

Further Education

Canterbury Christ Church University – Foundation Degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity

Two year programme starting in September 2020 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.

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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 2020.

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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.