How to become a Sports Development Officer

Sports development officers promote sports and coordinate the participation of people in sport, including special interest groups.

Personal requirements for a Sports Development Officer

  • Good observation skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Good understanding of a specific sport
  • Strong interest in sport and recreation
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Prepared to travel and work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.

Duties & Tasks of a Sports Development Officer

Sports development officers may perform the following tasks:

  • Develop and coordinate the delivery of sport and recreation programs, services and initiatives to address equity, social justice and community issues
  • Assist in the administration of grant programs and the gathering of information to increase the understanding of community sport and recreational issues
  • Give organisational support to schools or clubs
  • Manage the finances of approved programs and projects
  • Advise teachers and coaches, conduct coaching clinics and training camps, and distribute information and materials from sporting bodies
  • Develop training exercises to improve skills
  • Act as a coach for individuals or teams in competitions
  • Act as a talent scout for clubs
  • Schedule competitions and arrange venues
  • Manage volunteers
  • Oversee the maintenance of sports grounds, courts and venues.

Working conditions for a Sports Development Officer

Sports development officers work both outdoors and indoors. They may need to travel to different venues to undertake their work. The work may be full time, part time or on a contract basis. Due to the nature of the role, sports development officers may be required to work on weekends, public holidays and evenings.


Specializations

Development Manager - Sports

A development manager (sports) works to increase the number of people playing a sport.

Development Manager - Sports

A development manager (sports) works to increase the number of people playing a sport.

Sports Development Officer

Sports development officers promote sports and coordinate the participation of people in sport, including special interest groups.

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