Sports & Recreation is a broad sector which offers graduates opportunities to pursue many different fields,
from the promotion of sports initiatives to business roles with a sporting focus. As a sector, it often uses
volunteers as part of its workforce, so paid positions may be difficult to find, and salaries may start at the lower
end of the pay scale, but graduates passionate about sport will find opportunities. Sport and recreational activities
can often help disadvantaged and disabled people, and successful candidates can expect an exciting and rewarding
How to Get a Job in Sports & Recreation
Sports & Recreation is a popular sector, so graduates should do everything they can to make their application
Candidates should display the following:
1. Interest in sport
Jobs in Sports & Recreation often require specialised knowledge in a sport or a specific aspect of sport.
Candidates need to display a passionate interest, which may encompass expert knowledge, personal technique or a deep
involvement in the field.
Employers want to see passion in their applicants, so graduates should take care to demonstrate any past experience
spent pursuing their interest, such as time spent training or as part of a sports team, or representing their
university in a sport or recreational activity.
2. Qualifications or Experience
Some Sports & Recreation positions will require candidates to have certain qualifications or experience. This
can include FA Coaching Badges, life guarding certification or evidence of a long-term commitment to a sport or
recreational activity. If a graduate can demonstrate any of the above, it is an excellent way to make their
application stand out.
3. PR skills
Some roles in this sector involve promotion and publicity to bring attention to initiatives or programmes.
Candidates may join teams promoting new sports or government initiatives for children and young people. Applicants
must be confident and dynamic, and familiar with using social media, press releases and public events for
Graduates applying for these types of positions should provide examples of their skills, which could include
involvement in student society fundraisers or socials, or other relevant experience.
4. Experience working with children
Many Sports & Recreation roles, such as coaching and tutoring, involve working closely with children. Any
previous experience working with young people is an asset.
5. Business sense
This sector sees many openings for business function roles. These positions are important to ensure the sport in
question is sustainable, and may include roles managing events for a large golf club, handling sales at a football
club or retail management in a sports shop. Graduates should highlight any part-time work which may be relevant to the
Many of the organisations in the Sports & Recreation sector are also charities. Candidates should bear this in
mind, and should familiarise themselves with how these types of organisations are run.