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Sports Coach or Instructor

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Sports coaches or instructors teach sports skills and techniques to players at all levels and ages, from novices to top professional sportsmen and sportswomen.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

In a full time job you might earn £14,000 to £22,000 a year. Recent vacancies for sports coaches in Scotland have been at £9 to £15 an hour. Some self-employed coaches earn much more than this as they build up a reputation and a client group.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There is no single way into this career. The most important thing is to get some experience. You could start out by volunteering at a local club. Coaching qualifications are more important than academic qualifications. You could take:

You also need:

You could work in a sports centre, gymnasium, school, swimming pool, activity centre or hotel. Coaching job vacancies are also often advertised in the journals of the governing bodies.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2748
6.2 %
RISE
2023
2918
  United Kingdom
2018
35804
3.4 %
RISE
2023
37005

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

SkillsActive
Tel: 0330 004 0005
Website: http://www.skillsactive.com/
Twitter: @SkillsActive
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkillsActive

SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for active leisure and learning, including sport, recreation, health and fitness, outdoor education and adventure.

sportscotland
Tel: 0141 534 6500
Website: http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/
Twitter: @sportscotland

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