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How to become a Multi-Sports Coach

What is a multi-sport coach?

Some communities or organisations might require a sports coach to plan and provide sports coaching within a designated area or institution. For example, a school, summer camp or local community might be looking for someone to help coach a wide range of sports to children of all ages.

What qualifications do I need to become a multi-sport coach?

The qualification requirements vary according to the needs of each position but some sports coaching qualifications are vital whether they are non-specific or in a particular sport. In addition, a DBS check is absolutely essential to work with children and first-aid certificate and good knowledge of safeguarding children is an also essential for any potential candidate.

What skills/experience will an employer look for?

Sports coaches always need to be confident and able to display excellent leadership skills within a team environment. As well as experience of working in sports or with children, a proven history of being able to build relationships with a variety of people and engage them in working towards a collective goal is important. Sports coaches also need to be organised, able to plan effectively and make their sessions fun and safe for all concerned.

Who might employ a multi-sport coach?


-Local communities

-Summer camps

What salary can I expect?

A sports coach’s salary will vary depending on the exact job specification. Quite often they will be paid an hourly or daily rate, from National Minimum Wage upwards.

What is my career progression?

Someone in a multi-sports coach role can choose to specialise in a particular area of coaching or use the experience as a stepping stone towards a management role. In particular the skills gained from building relationships and adapting to the needs of a range of different people are useful for someone seeking out a sports development role in the future.

What are the best things about being a multi-sports coach?

A general coaching role such as this gives you the opportunity to sample a range of sports and activities which may inspire you in a particular direction later on. It allows you to meet people and work with children for their own benefit. You’ll also have a lot of fun and feel a real sense of achievement as a result of your efforts.

Are there any drawbacks?

Often sports coaching can require a lot of travel, which can be a particular problem if you don’t have your own transport. It can also be a tiring endeavour as you’ll be active all day.

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More information:

For more information, advice and guidance about careers in PE, Sport, Training and Fitness and Activity Holiday Jobs, visit our careers advice centre; including job hunting tips,  CV guide and much more.

Useful links:

For more information on sports coaching, visit the Sport Coach UK website.

Have you seen our information on how to become a head sports coach and specialist instructor? Both offer alternative opportunities for someone with sports coaching skills and experience.