Careers in Sport

Sport is an ever-growing industry, full of career opportunities and exciting roles.  It is a hugely successful worldwide industry and is made up of people, activities, business, and organisations involved in producing, facilitating, promoting, or organising any activity, experience, or business enterprise focused on sports.

Careers in Sport have launched ‘Jump Start’ a programme for students to access advice and support from leading professionals and organisations in the sports industry.


  • Access and support from leading professionals in the sports industry
  • Educational and inspiring events and resources
  • Specific mentoring programme
  • University and Apprenticeship guidance
  • Careers events (additional costs apply)

What Is Included

Offering schools and colleges an unprecedented career programme to support their students with their career ambitions.

Students receive exclusive access to careers advice and support from people with extensive experience in the sport industry. Students access professional and personal support, expertise, and learning and development opportunities.

Resources & Tasks

  1. Overview of careers in the sports industry
  2. Apprenticeships
  3. University options
  4. Employment options
  • Sports Business
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Media
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  1. Soft Skills
  2. Goal setting
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Applying for a job

Each section has information to support their understanding and tasks for them to complete.


Careers in:

Careers in Sport
Sport and Exercise Science
Sports Coaching and Teaching
Sports Media
Sports Business
Apprenticeships in Sport
University Options for Studying a Degree in Sport
Writing a UCAS Personal Statement

Students can access 20-minute introductory presentations in:
Careers in Sport

An overview of the sports industry and diverse roles available within the sector.

Careers in Sport and Exercise Science

Examples of how sport science support teams benefit the health, wellbeing and performance of
athletes and teams.

Careers in Sports Coaching and Teaching

Review of the diverse roles from toddlers to the elderly, and from basic teaching to elite sport in
teaching and coaching.

Careers in Sports Media

From multiple platforms – print, digital, radio or television – to broader communications roles,
working in sports media can take you closer to the action.

Careers in Sports Business

Overview of the commercial side of sport, account management, development, sponsorship, and

Apprenticeships in Sport

Overview of the options available and the benefits of an apprenticeship.

University Options for Studying a Degree in Sport

There are many variables for students to consider when choosing where to study and what to study.

Writing a UCAS Personal Statement

Overview of the application process, what admissions tutors look for and advice on how to construct
a personal statement.


  • Teaching and Coaching
  • Health and Fitness
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Business

Careers Profiles

Access over 100 profiles from professionals working for the likes of the Premier League, The FA, UK Sport, the RFU, the ECB, the Youth Sport Trust and Radio 5 Live.

The profiles highlight the breadth and depth of careers available, alongside a wealth of practical information.

Expert insight on specific roles, including detailed descriptions of a typical working day, what the job entails, the benefits and disadvantages of the profession, the qualifications and experience required and, of course, salary expectations.

For students who aspire to pursue a career playing professional sport, they can access detailed advice from professional players in football, hockey, cricket, gymnastics and many more.

Industry Guidance

Students have access to engage with and listen to our panel of professionals providing information on how they established their career and the highs and lows they have experienced.

Sports Business

Alex Coulson | Managing Director, Sport Industry Group at Benchmark Sport International

Alison Oliver | Chief Executive Officer, Youth Sport Trust

 Sports Media

Anne-Marie Batson | Sports Broadcaster, talkSPORT and Sky Sports News

Jordan Jarrett-Bryan | Sports Journalist, Channel Four News and TalkSPORT

Suzanne Wrack  | Sportswriter for the Guardian

John Inverdale  | BBC Sport presenter and journalist

Sports Coaching

Nick Levett | Head of Coaching, UK Coaching

Sion Kitson | Development Manager for Coaching, Sport England

Lydia Bedford | England Women’s U17s Head Coach

Sport and Exercise Science

Dr Adam Gledhill | Deputy Chair, BASES Division of Psychology

Danny Holdcroft |  Head of Performance Innovation and Applied Research, British Bobsleigh and Skelton Association.

Dr Amy Whitehead | BPS accredited sport and exercise psychologist.

Oliver Harrington | Lead Academy Sport Scientist at Reading Football Club.

CIS LIVE Event Tickets

Careers in Sport deliver lots of events a year, hosted at Iconic professional sports clubs around the country. The host clubs themselves are involved, whether it is one or more members of their media, coaching, fitness or sports performance teams, and they are supported by a diverse range of industry experts to deliver practical and hands-on workshops alongside careers advice and more.

Students participate in four interactive workshops.


Students work in small groups to address different real-life scenarios and discuss how sport scientists would be able to benefit the health, wellbeing and performance of the athletes and teams. 


Students will work in small groups and use multiple media platforms to create media content for marketing the forthcoming matchday fixture and programme. 


Students design and deliver a range of practical activities and games for a range of ages and abilities to develop their own creative knowledge.


Students take a closer look at the infrastructure of a professional sports club and review the commercial side of sport, such as fan engagement, marketing and match day organisation.

Capacity is 400 students per event and educational institutes with membership have a priority window to book tickets and receive a 25% discount.

Careers in Sport LIVE

Active Sports

Ameri Camp

Arsenal FC

Bangor University

Bradford Bulls


British Athletics

British Gymnastics

British Horseracing

Brunel University

Camp America


Cardiff Blues

Challenger Sports

Chelsea FC Foundation

EA Sports

England Golf

England Hockey

Fit for Sport



Harlequins RFU

Kick It Out

Leeds Beckett University

Lawn Tennis Association

PGA Training Academy


Premier Training



Royal Navy


Swansea University

The Training Room



University of Worcester

Welsh Athletics

Welsh Rugby Union

Welsh Sports Association