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 Sussex – Finance and Compliance Officer

Closing Date: Friday 2 March

For this full-time role, you’ll be responsible for establishing and maintaining smooth financial and administrative processes for the organisation including payroll and pensions. You’ll manage and monitor the Trust’s income and expenditure, such as subscriptions, sponsorships, purchases, treasury deposits.

Supporting the Chief Executive and Board, you will ensure the Trust complies with tier 3 of the Code of Sports Governance and financial regulations. You will also play a pivotal role in business planning and performance management.

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Active Sussex – Data Analysis & Services Officer

Closing Date: Friday 2 March

For this full-time role, you’ll ensure Active Sussex has, uses and develops the most appropriate insight relating to sport and physical activity levels and trends in Sussex. You will also work closely with the PR & Communications officer to ensure effective communication of strategic messages around inactivity, to help get more people more active, more often.

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Cancer Research UK – Events Assistant

Cancer Research UK’s Events team delivers a variety of events throughout the year including Race for Life – 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy, Hike and Marathon – the UK’s largest fundraising event series, Tough 10, and Shine.The events team is split into nine regional teams, each supported by an Area Events Manager and a dedicated team of Event Assistants. The event season runs from May 2018 to November 2018 and you will be required to work at an allocated number of events throughout this period. The majority of this work will be at weekends.

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John Heuerman Tennis Academy – Coaching jobs

Coaching jobs available with The John Heuerman Tennis Academy, an established tennis team based in Sevenoaks, Kent. Positions available for both experienced coaches and those looking to start a career in the coaching industry (full training can be given).
Contact: Jo Powlson
Email: sevenoakstennis@gmail.com

Premier Sport – Apprentice Multi Sports Coach

Some previous experience of delivering to primary school aged children preferred but not essential as full training given. Must have own transport and be able to work a minimum of 30 hours a week Monday to Friday.
Location: Maidstone, Cranbrook, Tonbridge and surrounding areas.
Contact: Matt Finch
Phone: 07753 268 476

Premier Sport – Part time and Full time Multi Sports Coach Roles

Previous experience of delivering any activity to primary school aged children is essential and should be prepared to train to deliver a wide range of activities. Should have a minimum of NGB L2 in any other sport or topic (desirable), safeguarding, first aid and DBS check. Must have own transport and be able to work after school hours Monday to Friday. Part time/full time roles are based on experience.
Location: Maidstone, Cranbrook, Tonbridge and surrounding areas.
Contact: Matt Finch
Phone: 07753 268 476

Premier Sport – After School Football Club Coach

Previous experience of delivering football to primary school aged children essential and should have a minimum of FA Level 1, NGB L2 in any other sport or topic, safeguarding, first aid and DBS check. Must have own transport and be able to work after school hours Monday to Friday. Can be part-time.
Contact: Ian Gray
Phone: m: 07815 202266 t: 01474 703300

University of Kent – Women’s Football Team Coach

The University of Kent is looking for a FA Level 2 coach for their first team, currently in division 1A. They have training twice a week, Monday and Friday from 6pm -7:30pm, and would ideally like the coach to attend on match days – Wednesdays with a 2pm kick off.
Contact:  Ryan Penny
Email: kentunion@kent.ac.uk

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.
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 2018.

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Submit an opportunity

If you wish to submit a job opportunity to be published on this page, please email us at kentsport@kent.gov.uk.

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.