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How to become a Sport Events Manager

What does an event manager do?

A sport events manager is somebody is in charge of everything to do with a sporting event. They are entrusted with the role of coordinating as well as organising as small as a social evening for a local football team, to as large as the Olympic Games.

What Qualifications do you need to be a Sport Events Manager?

A background in sport is a good start as well as having experience in the events industry. A degree in Sport Management, Sport and Exercise Science or Event related would enhance your chances of employment in this field of work.

What skills/ experience do you need?

-Interpersonal Skills

-Good communicator

-Excellent organisational skills

-Being adaptable to certain and unexpected situations

-Energetic and enthusiastic

-A good motivator and leader of a team

-Having a keen eye for detail

-Excellent time management skills

-Being comfortable with using a variety of different technologies


Yearly salary is known to be in the region of £25,000- £35,000 per year.

What is the Career Progression?

The career for event management would be working on more and more important events and being given greater budgets and responsibilities.

What are the benefits of being a Sport Events Manager?

You will be doing a variety of tasks. The work that you do will never be completely the same, it will differ by events. It is a pressurised job so you will learn to thrive under the pressure/ If you manage a large sporting event, it’s likely to be promoted and televised. This means your work will be incredibly worthwhile.

What are the Drawbacks?

The working hours are very long, be prepared for overtime! The job is also sometimes very stressful, things must be organised and even then events may not go according to plan. You will be working to deadlines, and they don’t move so you must work around them!

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