Sport, Fitness & Recreation
Sports administrators manage and run sporting academies, clubs and associations.
What does a Sports Administrator do?
Sports administrators run sporting academies, clubs and associations. They obtain sponsorships, create rules and policies, and promote the club.
As a sports administrator, you would:
- recruit, train and manage staff
- ensure administrative systems, processes and databases are efficient and well managed
- manage finances and meet budgets
- arrange sporting events
- schedule and organise maintenance on sports and club facilities
- promote the club or organisation to get sponsorship
- liaise with local sports councils and national governing bodies
- discuss member's needs and develop club facilities as appropriate
- meet with players, members and sponsors to develop business plans
- support and encourage the development of the sport you represent in the local, state, national or international community
- serving on committees and task groups.
Key skills and interests
To become a sports administrator, you would need:
- a passion for the relevant sport
- a high level of administration skills
- good communication and teamwork skills
- experience within the business community
- good planning skills.
Working hours and conditions
As a sports administrator you would work longer than regular hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
You would work in an office usually at the site of the club or organisation. You would travel to meetings with sponsors, the media or other sporting organisations.
How to become an Sports Administrator?
Entry Level Education
To become a sports administrator, you would usually need to complete a degree in sports management at university. You may also complete a degree in a relevant subject such sport development, business or management. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, biology and chemistry are appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Experience in sport either as an coach or professional athlete may also be advantageous and increase your employment prospects.
Opportunities for qualified sports administrators are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
As sport becomes more popular, and participation increases, there is growing public awareness of its contribution to personal health, community development and the economy. As a result, there is increasing demand for higher quality administration, along with better-qualified administrators.
Opportunities are likely to be best for those with tertiary qualifications and financial expertise.