Sport, Fitness & Recreation
Sports Development Officer
Sports development officers promote sports and participation in sporting activities across all demographics in the community.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Sports Development Officer do?
Sports development officers promote sports and participation in sporting activities across all demographics in the community. Sports development officers distribute information and organise sport-related projects, classes, programs, coaching, club development and training.
As a sports development officer, you would:
- educate target groups about the benefits of sports participation
- identify the sporting needs of the target group or community
- organise and run sporting projects and activities
- find funding sources for activities
- manage budgets
- monitor and evaluate activities and projects
- maintain records and produce written reports
- manage, recruit and train staff, volunteers and coaches.
- attend local, regional and national meetings, seminars and conferences
- work closely with local councils, sports clubs, teachers, coaches or sports administrators.
Key skills and interests
To become a sports development officer, you would need:
- passion and enthusiasm for sport and fitness
- good people and communication skills
- excellent planning and budgetary skills
- the ability to motivate people
- to be flexible
Working hours and conditions
You would usually work a standard number of hours per week in a full-time role. You would work evenings and weekends as necessary. Part-time work may be available.
Sports development officers work for local councils, government departments, State or national sporting bodies, sports clubs and associations, and schools. You would be based in an office but spend time visiting people in your target group, sporting events and clubs and community groups.
You would likely need a current drivers' licence.
How to become an Sports Development Officer?
Entry Level Education
There are no formal qualifications to become a sports development officer. A VET qualification in Sport Development would likely improve your chances of a role in this occupation. A junior secondary school certificate or equivalent is required for entry to most VET courses.
A bachelor's degree in sport development/management, sports science, or health & exercise science is likely to be required for roles in high profile or professional sports. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, biology and health & physical education would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
In addition, you would need a high level of competence in your chosen sport.
Opportunities for sports development officers 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 development within all forms of sport.
However, the increasing professionalism of, and participation in, sport, is leading to increased competition for roles in this industry. Opportunities are likely to be best for those with tertiary qualifications.