Sports Development Advanced Apprenticeship

Qualifications this framework includes

  • NVQ in Sports Development – Level 3
  • Certificate in Managing Sports Volunteers – Level 3
  • Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning – Level 3

What is the course about?

Sports development aims to improve access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities, develop communities through the use of sport and physical activity and address wider social inclusion agendas. The work is challenging and varied and may include the development of performance sport, community sport and physical activity and /or participation for particular target groups. Sports development involves organising projects, programmes, information and training to encourage people to increase their activity and have a healthier lifestyle or participate in their community.

The most common job in sports development is the sports development officer and that job correlates with the level of this framework. Sports development officers will typically be responsible for:

  • Working with local communities to identify the need and demand for new activities
  • Improving access to sport for young people, people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged communities
  • Supporting Community amateur sports clubs
  • Organising National Governing Body qualification courses
  • Organising sport and physical activity events
  • Supporting initiatives to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders.

Typical tasks involved in sports development can include:

  • Making sure resources are used and all available funding is accessed
  • Putting local and national policies into practice
  • Identifying opportunities for funding
  • Organising, promoting and running projects
  • Monitoring and evaluating projects
  • Attending meetings, seminars and conferences
  • Finding and training suitable staff, coaches and volunteers for projects
  • Managing resources and budgets.

What will you study and learn?

A range of qualifications with a variety of credit values are available, you and the employer can chose the qualifications most suited to your needs and specific job role.

The technical certificate delivered as part of this apprenticeship is 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Managing Sports Volunteers (QCF) and is designed to support those managing volunteers within the sports industry.

Units of Study include:

Unit 1 – Managing your role as a sports volunteer manager

Unit 2 – Managing Sports Volunteers

Unit 3 – Managing Resources in Support of Sports Volunteers

Unit 4 – Managing Sports Volunteers Community

How is the course assessed?

The majority of the course is assessed internally through assignments completed over the first and second years. These may be work-based projects, practical coaching sessions or written research assignments. You may have the opportunity to study for a coaching qualification or an industry related technical certificate as an integral part of the course.

Who will this course suit?

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • Want to study a course that is active and enjoyable and have a keen interest in leisure and sport
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
  • Want the opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors as well as classwork
  • Enjoy discovering about themselves in practical situations

What formal entry requirements will you need?

  • Be at least 16 years of age to attend the programme of training
  • Level 2 diploma in an appropriate subject at Distinction/Merit with GCSEs in English and maths at a minimum of grade C, examples include:
    The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport (QCF)


  • 5 GCSEs (A*-C) or equivalent, including English and maths at minimum of grade C 

Learners without a C in math or English will be required to undertake Functional Skills as part of this programme.

What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

This apprenticeship provides a vocational pathway into the profession of sports development. The course will ensure there are people with the organisational skills and political and social awareness to succeed in this important part of the sport and active leisure industry.

This apprenticeship can provide a progression opportunity for apprentices on an intermediate level programme as well as progression for those already working in the sector.