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2018: the year to work in sport

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The team at reveal the prospects the various sport and fitness industries going into 2018.

The sport and leisure industry covers a wide range of areas, with jobs in sectors such as sport and recreation, health and fitness, play work and community activation. This wide-ranging and exciting sector offers a huge scope of opportunities as a long-term career as we move into 2018. The main areas of work available within the sector, broken down by specific disciplines are:

Sport and recreation

  • sport development, performance, administration and facility management;
  • outdoor education;
  • outdoor pursuits;
  • general management in venues including theme parks, cinemas and tourist attractions;
  • sport media, including writing, PR and marketing;
  • area, club and duty management in a range of venues, including casinos and bingo halls;
  • management of holiday and caravan parks;
  • adventure tourism and gap year providers.
  • Sports coaching
  • Team Leadership and Management

Health and fitness

  • club and duty management;
  • gym instructing and Personal training
  • sales and marketing;
  • instructing and coaching;
  • consultancy work based on GP referrals, usually with particular sections of the population, e.g. people with diabetes or arthritis;
  • lifestyle consultancy and nutrition – opportunities are increasing as the industry embraces wellness.
  • lifeguarding


  • playworkers – work face-to-face with children and young people in play settings;
  • playwork facilitators – facilitate the provision of play settings and opportunities
  • development and children partnership (EYDCP) officers;
  • play-related workers – volunteers and paid workers in settings or services

The following profiles are examples of key jobs that exist in the sport and leisure industry:

  • Event organiser
  • Gym Instructor
  • Rec Assistant or Lifeguard
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Outdoor pursuits manager
  • PE Teacher
  • Sports administrator
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
  • Sports coach
  • Sports development officer
  • Sports therapist
  • Leisure Duty Manager
  • General Manager