Sports and Leisure is an important work area in the UK. You can get work in Sports and Leisure in Gyms, and Leisure Centres and other places. Sports and Leisure helps you with you social skills and being engaged in the community. Jobs in Sports and Leisure might suit people who are:
But jobs in Sports and Leisure have places for all different types of people. To find more about work in Sports and Leisure read on.
What's it like working in Sports and Leisure?
There are many different job roles for everyone to choose from within the sports and leisure industry which also pay well, but there are plenty of jobs for people starting out.
- Fitness instructors - organize exercise programs to improve people's health and fitness. Salary: £14,000 to £30,000 average per year. You could take further training to become a personal trainer or teach extra activities. With experience and qualifications, you could become a senior instructor or manager.
- Sports coaches - teach sports skills to individuals and teams of all sporting abilities. Salary: £14,000 to £35,000 average per year. With qualifications and experience, you could become a coach development officer, helping other coaches develop their skills and qualifications.
- PE teacher - Physical education (PE) teachers work in secondary schools and colleges, teaching sport and fitness to young people. Salary: £16,250 to £46,500 average per year .
- Outdoor activities instructors - Lead trips and teach skills in different activities like hill walking, climbing, canoeing, skiing and snowboarding. Salary: £12,000 to £30,000 average per year.
- Fitness Instructor Apprenticeship - Someone doing a job in sports and leisure while getting their qualification and helping other people improve fitness. Weekly wage from £90.00 depending on age and programme (many earn much more).
Get Sports Work Experience
You can get Sports Work Experience in many different ways such as going to Local Gyms, talking to your Team Coach or Trainer, talking to your PE Teacher or talking to your Work Experience Coordinator.
Furthermore there are some Colleges and Universities you can ask if there is a placement available, such as Oxford Brookes, City of Oxford College and Oxford University Sport.
I got my Work Experience at the gym by asking them by email if they had a place for me for a week during the certain days I had to do my Work Placement. They replied within three days of me asking saying yes they did, and to finalize details closer to the time of my Work Placement, and to come into the Gym to be shown around.
Tip: Try and get your Work Experience sorted out sooner rather than later!
My week working at the gym has given me a massive boost of knowledge of the Sports and Leisure industry and the range of jobs I could get from it. It also made me think about how much time and effort is put in to make the gym run well, and the high maintenance the gym has to be held in, to keep it running.