Jobs and careers information for the Sport, Fitness, Leisure and Physical Activity sector in Leicester and Leicestershire
Here's a wealth of information for anyone wanting to find out more about working in the sport sector with a focus on Leicester and Leicestershire.
Due to the extensive sporting ecosystem in Leicester and Leicestershire, the range of employers is more extensive than in other parts of the country. This therefore brings an increased range of career opportunities to the area.
- Section 1 - Quick links to the Jobs and Volunteering pages
- Section 2 - Shares more information about some of the pillars of the sporting ecosystem based in Leicester and Leicestershire
- Section 3- Shares details about the employers in the leisure, health and fitness and sport sector which are similar to what exists elsewhere in the country
- Section 4 - Shares top tips for securing the role you want in the sport sector
- Section 5 - Live Apprenticeship Opportunities (other opportunities can be found via the links to your local leisure providers careers page in section 3)
Section 1 - Quick links to the Jobs and Volunteering page
Section 2 - Links to some of the pillars of the sporting ecosystem based in Leicester and Leicestershire
Key national organisations based in Leicester and Leicestershire
Loughborough University is ranked number one in the world for sports-related subjects, according to the global QS higher education league table. It is also rated the fourth best university in the UK by the Guardian (2020) and a top-five university, according to the Times (2019 'Table of Tables'). Loughborough University is a world-leading university located in the East Midlands, England.
All the points above are unique to Leicester and Leicestershire.
These in themselves play a huge part in attracting businesses, charities and national organisations to locate themselves in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Collectively this brings more jobs in the sports sector, at all levels including some national and international roles.
This also attracts other talent to the area which can increase the competition for certain roles, but this also dramatically increases the number of roles available in the sports sector compared to other parts of the country.
The grid below shows how CIMSPA break the sector down and the types of roles within the 5 different parts of the sector.
Other types of roles in the sector which may be linked to alternative chartered institutes:
Sports Physiotherapy | Sports Nutritionist | Active Design Architect | Sports Technology-Product Design/Development | Academic Research | Client Officers | Finance Director | Marketing and Communications Manager | Media and Broadcasting | Sales and Marketing | Project Management | Teaching/Tutoring at schools, colleges and universities | Business, Admins or Central Support | Data Analyst/Insight Specialist | Business Development | Training Provider
This list is not exhaustive but gives an indication of additional roles which are available.
Section 3 - Employers in the leisure, health and fitness and sport sector which are similar to what exists elsewhere in the country
Employers in the sector should be adhering to the sector standards set out by the relevant bodies below.
Click through to find out what standards are recommended for the roles you are interested in.
Section 4 - Top tips for securing the role you want in the sport sector
1. Be clear about the type of work you secure and the training you need to complete
If you are going to invest your time and money in training and development, be sure to be clear of the type of work you are hoping to secure and which employers you are likely to approach once you are qualified. You could always have a conversation with a potential employer ahead of qualifying.
2. Make it easy for the employer to employ you
Employers should be working to the industry standards. If you meet these standards you are over the biggest hurdle.
If you don't meet the standards yet, but you have identified the role you want to do, explore how to gain the knowledge, skills or experience required to reach these standards.
Again speak to a potential employer and gain their feedback on the best pathways to take
3. If you meet the base line expectations, think about how you can make yourself the best choice for the role
Explore how your current experience might help you be the best person for the role, do you bring new skills/experience to an organisation which complements their existing skills mix?
If you need to gain more experience, try to identify what experience you need, leadership experience, working children, adults, older adults, work with people who are in-active through to competing athletes, is it experience of working with the press/media or running projects…..
4. Gaining extra experience
The great thing about the sports sector, is that there are sports clubs and businesses who have volunteers who work with them. You could put yourself forward to these organisations and see if you can gain experience with them.
Think about the way you can capture this experience to add to your CV or portfolio, think about photos, achievements and learning.
5. Put yourself in the employers shoes
How can you show them that you have the skills/experience they need and the motivation to deliver what they need.
All organisations have different cultures and different target audiences. Use the internet and talk to people to help you find out what are you would like to work in and what sort of role would suit your skills, knowledge, experience and aspirations.