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

Sport England – Head of Local Learning and Improvement Hub

Closing date: Friday 27 April

Location: Central London, Loughborough

We have created the Local Delivery Directorate to focus on these complex challenges, this will involve:

  • Developing and testing a blueprint for population level change in activity in a place, understanding how this can be sustainable and replicated elsewhere using a ‘whole systems‘ approach.
  • Maximising our influence on the sport and physical activity sector, influencing how sport and physical activity is commissioned and supplied.
  • Creating a more needs led approach to investment for key audiences in local places.

The Head of Local Learning and Improvement Hub will lead our wider influencing role across the sector, developing a strong local offer, collaboratively creating solutions to common local challenges, and facilitating shared learning internally and between partners.

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Gravesham Council – Sport and Recreation Officer (one year fixed term contract)

Closing date: Tuesday 24 April

Responsible to the Service Manager (Communities) via the Leisure Manager, for the delivery of the council’s sports, recreation and physical activity responsibilities, which includes the supervision/management of a number of recreation facilities and activities, sports and physical development initiatives and associated events.

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Kent FA – Chief Executive Officer

Closing date: Friday 11 May

Kent FA is seeking to recruit a dynamic Chief Executive Officer who reports directly to the Board of Directors, via the Chair and who will lead an award winning governing body of sport and associated team of staff. The successful applicant will need to be passionate 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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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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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.