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Working in sport

If you want to work in sport, it is worth taking the time to look at the sector and understand who does what, where and when. You will need to consider the organisations and roles that currently exist (and may exist in the future) match them to your values, motivation and skill set and finally put a plan in place to realise your ambition.

The examples that follow illustrate the diversity of jobs undertaken in a variety of settings, from the football club, to work in the community and within the media.

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Working at a football club

Examples of roles at a football club
 Media Community Science Corporate Services
  • Events manager

  • Sponsorship

  • Product licensing

  • Mobile & content

  • Broadcasting

  • Community partnership officer

  • Youth engagement

  • Tour guide

  • Supporters clubs

  • Disability officer

  • Safety

  • Coach

  • Strength and conditioning

  • Nutritionist

  • Sports scientist

  • Performance analyst

  • Sport therapist

  • Physio

  • Doctor

  • Psychologist

  • Finance

  • Marketing

  • Legal

  • Human resources

  • Facilities management 



Sport England

Outside of professional or elite sport there are plenty of organisations and roles connected to sport. For example, if we look at the reach of Sport England you can see how sport works on many levels from increasing sport participation amongst the public, improving health and wellbeing and supporting elite talent. Examples of jobs are listed under the descriptors.


Physical wellbeing 

From helping to prevent and manage medical conditions to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, the benefits of sport and activity on a person's physical wellbeing are profound

  • Health Mentor
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Health and wellbeing coach
  • Public health consultant
  • Health and wellbeing advisor

Individual development

Evidence clearly shows that being active improves educational behaviour and attainment, through greater self-esteem, confidence and direct cognitive benefits

  • Disability sports participation officer
  • Student engagement coordinator
  • Club participation officer
  • Community sport officer

Mental wellbeing 

Physical activity can reduce stress and anxiety, with the mastering of new skills often increasing confidence and self-esteem

  • Fitness and wellbeing advisor
  • Activity professional
  • Occupational health worker
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner

Social and community development

Promoting social trust, reducing isolation, bringing people from diverse backgrounds together, volunteering and social engagement, helping communities to integrate.

  • Rugby league development officer
  • Sky blues into the community – coach (Coventry City)
  • Leisure and wellness co-ordinator
  • Community activator
  • Community project officer (Scottish FA
  • Sports project co-ordinator
  • Community sports officer

Economic development

  • Sport tourism
  • Sports policy, programme and projects officer
  • Sports development officer
  • Health educator - diabetes
  • Public health improvement officer



Sport media

There are a variety of roles, diverse businesses and organisations that operate in the sports media space. The job/work examples are not comprehensive, but an illustration of what is currently operating in this space.



Tech lead

Data engineer

Data scientist

Product manager


Software developer

Sport journalism




Content editor




Social media

Celebrity reporter

Betting and gaming


Marketing analytics

Product development

IT & technical


Social media

Account executive

Account manager

Digital account manager

Programmatic analyst

Ad tech manager

Audience data analyst

Media planning

Commercial web developer


Software engineer

Java developer

Football systems operator

Content insight analyst

Digital content maker

Video producer


British Esports association



Broadcast and production



Community manager

Event manager

Journalist/content creator


Organisational manager


Pro gamer

Product manager




Useful job links

Job Sites

These are just some of the many and varied websites you can search for employment in sports and sport related roles.

UK Sport

Global Sports Jobs

Careers in Sport

Leisure Jobs

Media Beans

Jobs in sport

NHS Jobs


Sport media

Careers in Sport media


Liberty Global

Sports Revolution

Input Media

Sky Group 


Media companies such as Liberty Global, Sky, BBC, Sports Revolution and Input Media illustrate the diversity of organisations involved in sport.

Sport in Nottingham

If you are looking for sport related opportunities in Nottingham the following organisations might be worth investigating further.

Active Nottingham 

Volunteering for Sports Groups Nottingham

Nottingham Forest Community Trust

Notts County Football Community Trust

Nottinghamshire County Council Sport for all scheme

Trent Bridge Community Trust





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