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

Active Surrey – Insight and Innovation Manager

Closing date: Sunday 17 June

Following a review of their work and a successful Sport England funding application, Active Surrey are now seeking an Insight and Innovation Manager to lead a new division of the organisation. The six-strong team has responsibility for insight, innovation, marketing and communications, business development, finance and operations.

The successful candidate will lead the strategic development and utilisation of insight, and demonstrate and improve organisational impact. They will seek out new opportunities to increase physical activity and sports participation, grow the organisation and oversee a busy team responsible for engaging key audiences.

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Leicestershire and Rutland Sport – Manager (Strategic Relationships)

Closing date: Friday 22 June

Leicestershire & Rutland Sport (LRS) are seeking to recruit a Manager (Strategic Relationships) for 3 years.

The Manager (Strategic Relationships) role is a shared post between Sport England and Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport which will seek to change how strategy is grounded locally to meet the key strategic challenges and make best use and alignment of all the available resource, capacity and skills.

The key purpose is to strengthen the relationship between local delivery and national programme design, ensuring resource rooted locally is well connected nationally, and local intelligence and ‘on the ground’ experience, informs the design of national programmes.

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Active Surrey – Business Development Lead

Closing date: Sunday 1 July

Following a review of their work and a successful Sport England funding application, Active Surrey are now seeking a Business Development Lead to secure their ongoing growth. This is an exciting time for the organisation as more opportunities are being proactively sought to further diversify income streams. The role is part of a six-strong team responsible for insight, innovation, marketing, communications, business development, finance and operations. The successful candidate will seek out new opportunities to increase investment into physical activity and grassroots sports participation, help to grow the organisation and support a busy team responsible for engaging key audiences.

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Kent FA – Football Services Assistant

Closing date: Thursday 5 July

The successful applicant will:

  • Be the first point of contact with customers and deal with enquiries.
  • Assist in the efficient running of the Football Services department.
  • Support delivery of The FA National Game Strategy in partnership with key stakeholders.

The successful applicant will need to be passionate about and committed to the development of football at a local level; be able to work under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines. They will need to demonstrate exceptional customer service, be able to work as part of a team with excellent planning, communication and presentation skills.

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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.