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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

Employment Status UK %

Past Unemployment
Scotland


Year Unemployed

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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.

Predicted Employment in Scotland

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

sportscotland aims to have over 9,000 qualified coaches trained within the Scottish governing bodies. Job vacancies are often advertised in the journals of the governing bodies.

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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