Careers in sport

Our vision for sport in Wales is to unite a proud sporting nation, where every child is hooked on sport for life and Wales is a Nation of Champions.  In order to achieve this we want to ensure we are not only recruiting the most talented individuals at Sport Wales, but also contributing to the development of this talent for the benefit of sport in Wales.

We are here to help you reach your potential by providing guidance on the types of organisations and roles available in sport, as well as providing advice on how you can heighten your experience through voluntary roles, work experience and training and qualifications.   

Types of employers

Types of roles

  • Sports Development
  • Sports Science - Physiotherapy, Physiology, Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Strength and Conditioning
  • Coaching
  • Personal trainers
  • Sport events coordinators, Marketing and PR
  • Research Analysts
  • Facilities, operations and maintenance
  • Administrative and business support (e.g. Human Resouces, Finance, IT)

Work Experience & Job Placements

Work related placements are usually short term opportunities that aim to introduce participants, particularly those of school age, undergraduates and early job seekers, to the reality of working life within an organisation and/or a chosen career.  Placements can help you determine the career path you wish to follow, build a network of relevant contacts within the sector, and develop confidence, interpersonal skills and experience with the goal of securing and sustaining appropriate employment.

Voluntary roles

Volunteers play a huge part in sport across Wales, with roles ranging from events volunteers to club coaches to board members.  Volunteering can be a great way to gain valuable, relevant skills and experience within the sector, as well as demonstrating your motivation and passion for making a difference in sport.

Below are just a few methods of getting involved in volunteering:

  • Coaching plays a crucial role from supporting elite athletes to excel on the world stage to encouraging local communities to get fitter and enjoy sport. If you are inspired to give something back to sport in your community, check out your local authority or governing body of sport website to find out more
  • Gemau Cymru is an annual Welsh multi-sport festival run by Urdd Gobaith Cymru. They have volunteer opportunites as Competition Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Media and Branding Assistants, as well as having a scheme with Cardiff University to provide physio placements at the event
  • Sport Wales are proud to support children and young people in developing the confidence and skills needed to both participate and lead in sport.  Opportunities include the Young Ambassador programme, 5x60 Officer Programme and Leadership Development Award.

Qualifications and Training

The strong heritage of Welsh sport is reflected in our universities, with Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff Met, Swansea and the University of South Wales (formally Glamorgan and Newport) all making the top 100 UK universities for the study of exercise, health and sport.

There are a wide variety of qualifications relevant to a career in sport including degrees in Sport and Exercise Science; Sports Management; Coaching and Performance; and Sport development; as well as number of more specialist post-graduate courses. Further information can be found on the UCAS website.

Sport Wales also run a number of continuous professional development courses, including Tutor training and the Team Manager Development Pathway for sport in Wales.  The purpose of the pathway is to provide a useful reference for anyone in the role of team manager, regardless of your sport, the level of team performance or the length of time you have spent in your role.