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

Kent County Council – Transport Planner (Cycling)

(Fixed Term Full Time, Until 21 May 2020, 37 hours per week)
Closing date: Wednesday 15 August

An exciting opportunity to make a difference to cycling in Kent. You will be the driving force behind developing cycling plans in the county, and KCC’s expert point of contact for communicating with cycling forums and borough councils to progress infrastructure plans for cycling.

Contact: Charlotte Owen
Phone:03000 411658

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Explore Kent – Campaigns and Marketing Support Apprentice

(Fixed term for 12 months, Full Time, 37 hours per week)
Closing date: Monday 20 August

Explore Kent is offering an exciting opportunity to join their team which lives and breathes promoting being active in the great outdoors. You will work with a range of partners, including Public Rights of Way, Country Parks, Countryside Management Partnerships, North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Kent Sport & Physical Activity, to help deliver creative, targeted marketing campaigns on and off-line.

You will be supported to produce engaging content on a range of channels across their digital platform including websites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You will also assist in collating and analysing audience data to maximise customer impact and reach. You will help to produce great content for magazines and other publications.

Contact: Vicky Burton
Phone: 03000 414844

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Active Sussex – Strategic Relationship Manager

(Maternity cover – 13 months fixed term subject to starting availability)
Closing date: Wednesday 22 August

For this 13 months fixed term full-time role, you’ll have responsibility for the relationship management of designated stakeholders, in relation to increasing participation levels amongst inactive priority groups and communities in Sussex, and support these stakeholders in the use of insight tools and information. This key role will also provide executive support to the CSP Human Resources & Nominations Committee supported by the CEO, and will act at the CSP’s Deputy Safeguarding Officer, as well as ensuring the Trust is compliant with GDPR.

Contact: Gemma Finlay-Gray
Phone: 01273 644154

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Maidstone Borough Council – Leisure Manager

Closing date: Sunday 2 September

Key accountabilities will include actively working to develop and enhance the Borough’s leisure and sports provision, proposing innovative ideas to promote maximum use of existing facilities, to work to bring forward new facilities and seek funding opportunities to support these ambitions.

Contact: Dawn Hudd
Phone:01622 602336

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Kent Sport – Sports Coordinator (Programmes)

Closing date: Monday 3 September

Kent Sport is seeking to appoint a Sports Co-ordinator (Programmes) to support Kent Sport in the effective co-ordination and delivery of its programmes. This post will have a specific focus on supporting two Sport England funded projects: Satellite Clubs and Primary School Sport Premium, both of which are designed to give more young people the chance to discover a sport that they love.

This post provides an excellent opportunity for someone with excellent communication and organisational skills and who has an interest in sport and physical activity.

Contact: Louise Milne
Phone: 03000 410696

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Further Education

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

Two year programme starting in September 2018 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 2018.

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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.