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

Club Matters – Tutor Recruitment

Closing date: Friday 27 March 2020

Club Matters is a programme funded by Sport England to support clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport. They are currently seeking to recruit new tutors who can offer expertise to support the development of clubs and their volunteer workforce in six areas:

  • Governance
  • Development planning
  • Marketing
  • The club experience
  • The volunteer experience
  • Club structures

For further enquiries, please contact Kath Robinson at email: or on 07917 388 174

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The Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy Ltd – Principal Consultant

Closing date: Tuesday 31 March 2020

You will be working with councils in major cities and towns across the UK along with national agencies. This role provides an ideal opportunity for an experienced professional with a strong track record in local government and / or leisure operations, business development and consulting to create a role for themselves that builds on their unique experience, capabilities and network.

You will be responsible for leading and supporting a wide range of projects focused around developing sport, physical activity and leisure strategies, feasibility studies, options
appraisals and leisure partnering and procurements. (90%)

You will also be expected to secure new work through focused business development activity, responding to tenders and through developing your own network. (10%.)

Download SLC job specification (PDF)

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

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.