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10 Sports Careers You Should Know About

Sport is a broad and varied industry and whether you’re shooting for the stars or something closer to home, there are a range of career options available following your studies. Today we show you a snapshot of avenues you could take!

Whether you want to be your own boss, train the elite athletes of the future, or simply want a job that will take you around the world, there are a huge amount of choices you can make after studying Sport at College. This blog post contains links to various careers websites that you can use for more details.


As a sports coach, you'll help people participating in sports to work towards achieving their full potential. They may support professional sportspeople, sports teams, community teams or school groups, working closely with them to improve performance. They may have a role in encouraging underrepresented groups or young people to participate in sporting activities.

PE Teacher

Teaching is a massively fulfilling occupation. PE teachers are often role models to the children they work with and as such can be a major part of their education and development. Encouraging and facilitating young people to gain skills, compete and enjoy sport at whatever level they can. PE Teachers also get to be active all day and work in a sport-centred role, continually gaining skills which will be hugely beneficial to their future career, whatever direction they choose to travel. PE Teachers frequently escort teams and groups to compete or enjoy their sport both locally, nationally and internationally (e.g. inter-school matches, netball tours, ski trips etc.).


Physiotherapists use physical, non-surgical methods to help people who are recovering from injury or affected by a health condition. For example, they might massage them, manipulate their body or take them through a series of exercises to aid rehabilitation. Becoming a physiotherapist requires a degree which you can progress to after Sports courses at College.

Sports Therapist

Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.

It utilises the principles of sport and exercise science incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.

Leisure Centre Manager

A career as a Leisure Centre manager combines an interest in sport and leisure with great people skills and business acumen. Fitness centre managers generally work in centres or clubs that contain a fitness suite or gym and some or all of the following:

  • swimming pool
  • sports halls or courts
  • spa, sauna or therapy area
  • catering and other recreational facilities.

Responsibilities usually cover the broad areas of marketing the facility and any special events, managing staff and dealing with the technical aspects of fitness provision and health and safety. The manager is also accountable for the overall profitability of the centre. You can learn more about the Leisure industry on our Level 3 Course.

Sports Club Manager

Be it your local Rugby, Tennis, Cricket or Football team, they all need competent, passionate managers that are willing to see the teams, from youth to First Team, through the good times and the bad. A Club Manager fills a supervisory role and ensures all aspects of a sports club are running well. Specific duties may vary depending on the type of club, but the Club Manager is usually tasked with leading a team, and ensuring members are happy with club services. They should also ensure all equipment and facilities are functioning optimally.

Sports Journalist

Sports journalists provide content about sports events and teams for a variety of news platforms, including newspapers, radio and TV shows, magazines, and websites. In general, journalism is a very competitive field. Aspiring sports journalists may have to start out in low-paying, entry-level positions in small markets before moving up the ranks. Once they do, however, they may be able to build a reputation and long-standing career, travel to various sporting events, and even interview athletes.

Sportswear Designer

The Sportswear industry is booming and if you find your creative passions could take you to the next level, you could be in for a very lucrative career. Depending on where you work and your level of responsibility, you may work to your own brief or be given a brief to work towards, with specifications relating to colour, fabric and budget. In large companies, you're likely to work as part of a team of designers, headed by a creative director, whereas if working for a small company as sole designer or for yourself, you'll be responsible for all the designs.

Personal Trainer

Consider yourself a bit of a gym junkie? If you have a genuine passion for health and fitness and want to turn this into a career, then becoming a Personal Trainer could be the perfect move for you. The main role of a Personal Trainer is to provide support and guidance to clients, helping them identify achievable targets, and plan individual fitness regimes enabling them to meet their goals.

Key duties will also include:

  • Helping clients set personal goals, motivating them to achieve and adapting to their individual needs
  • Monitoring equipment and ensuring it is being used correctly
  • Running one-on-one sessions with clients, or overseeing group exercises when required

Professional Athlete…

Of course, taking a course in Sport also opens the possibility of progressing onto performing in semi-professional and professional sports. Because students learn in depth about their own physiology and best practices in performance, they are well equipped to continue their own training alongside their studies. Students at Canterbury can also make use of having a fully equipped Sports Centre on site, helping them achieve their fitness goals.

We hope that this list has sparked some ideas, and if you want to take the next steps on your career in Sport, find out more here.