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Sports Development Officers promote sports and skills development, and oversee the participation of young people and other special groups in sport.


  • coaches, trains and instructs sportspersons by analysing performances and developing abilities
  • plans and directs game strategies, develops play patterns and analyses game progress
  • motivates Sportspersons and supervises practice sessions
  • recruits players and other coaching staff
  • arranges entries into sporting competitions
  • promotes sports and skills development as well as overseeing the participation of young people in sport
  • officiates at sporting events to enforce rules and regulations, liaising with other officials when necessary
  • co-ordinates and directs swimming activities.


  • physically demanding
  • working outdoors.

To become a Sports Development Officer

  • You usually need a formal qualification in sport development, sports science or sport and recreation to work as a Sports Development Officer. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways.

    Take a Certificate IV in Sport Development

Skills employers are looking for

  • First Aid

  • Communication Skills

  • Time Management

  • Building Relationships

  • Planning

  • Budgeting

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