Sports Coaching Apprenticeships

A Beginner’s Guide to Sports Coaching Apprenticeships

More than 100,000 people in 2022 found themselves in sports coaching, a rewarding career for anyone pursuing their passion for sports. If you’re interested in turning your passion into a career as a sports coach, a sports coaching apprenticeship is an excellent way to get started in the field.


What is a sports coaching apprenticeship?

A sports coaching apprenticeship is a work-based training programme that combines on-the-job training with classroom learning. As an apprentice, you will work with experienced coaches and receive formal training to develop the skills, knowledge, and experience required to become a sports coach.


What are the benefits of a sports coaching apprenticeship?

Sports coaching apprenticeships provide you with practical, hands-on experience – while you earn a wage. You can develop your skills in strength and conditioning for example and even managing different athletic abilities in real-world settings such as sports and activity camps. Wherever you decide to work, you’ll have the practical skills to get right on the job.

A sports coaching apprenticeship will provide you with formal training and qualifications that are recognised by the sports industry. This will increase your employability and open up more career opportunities in the future.


How do I get started with a sports coaching apprenticeship?

To get started with a sports coaching apprenticeship, you will need to find an apprenticeship vacancy that suits your interests and experience level. You can search for apprenticeship vacancies on the government’s Find an Apprenticeship website or by checking out the apprenticeship section of our website.

When you find an apprenticeship vacancy that you are interested in, you will need to apply for the position by submitting a CV and cover letter. Make sure your application highlights your relevant skills and experience and demonstrates your passion for sports coaching. You can use our guide here, for writing the perfect cover letter.


What happens next?

If your application is successful, you’ll be invited for an interview where can demonstrate your enthusiasm for sports coaching and discuss your experience and qualifications. Think about the practical skills you’ve learnt and any transferable skills from your other experiences.

Kickstart your career in sports coaching by combining on-the-job training with formal qualifications. Gain practical experience and valuable skills that will set you up for success in this industry.


Keep your finger on the button!

Check out all FST guides where we take you on a journey from learner to finding new opportunities as a sports coach. Stay tuned for the upcoming guides and make sure you check out our apprenticeship page for current opportunities. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to kick-start your career in sports coaching!

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