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Sports Coaches, Instructors & Officials

Sports coaches, instructors and officials work with amateur and professional sportsmen and women to enhance performance, encourage greater participation in sport, supervise recreational activities such as canoeing and mountaineering, and organise and officiate at sporting events according to established rules.

Tasks

  • Coaches teams or individuals by demonstrating techniques and directing training and exercise sessions
  • Controls team selection and discipline and recruits ancillary staff such as coaches or physiotherapists
  • Monitors and analyses technique and performance, and determines how future improvements can be made
  • Deals with administrative aspects such as arranging matches, contests or appearances for athlete or team, and organising required transport and accommodation
  • Provides information and develops facilities to encourage greater participation in sport, and to enhance the standards of participants
  • Understands health and safety aspects of various activities and ensures any statutory requirements are met
  • Inspects and maintains specialised clothing and equipment
  • Manages the playing areas and competitors, starts race, competition or match and controls its progress according to established rules.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements although individuals must have experience in their sport and the relevant coaching and refereeing qualifications. Applicants to coaching courses must normally be over 18 years old and hold a first-aid certificate. Some courses encompass coaching awards within broader programmes of study. NVQs/SVQs in coaching are available in the context of certain sports. Background checks including a CRB check are required for those working with children.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £25,000 per annum and can progress up to £29,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 7,514 employed Sports Coaches, Instructors & Officials in the region.

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Lewisham College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

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General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

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Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/