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How to become a Sport Scout

What is a Sport Scout?

Sport Scout’s work for sports teams/ organisations as talent identifiers and evaluators. They watch athletes perform in schools for clubs and in a lot of cases at professional levels to find talented players with potential or who fit the style of play that their team is looking for.

Common duties

-Attending games

-Speaking with coaches to locate promising players

-Analysing game footage

-Studying statistics to determine potential players

-Meeting with players to discuss their plans

-Monitoring news sources

Skills required

-A candidate must be extremely knowledgeable in the field that they are working in.

-A sport scout must have a keen eye for detail in regards to tactics and technique when observing athletes performances.

-Strong communication as well as interpersonal skills in order to talk with players as well as coaches.

-Good decision making in regards to identifying talent.

What Qualifications do you need to do this job?

No official qualifications, a sport-related degree would certainly enhance job prospects, preferably in the Sport Management field.

Where to work?

Sport Scouts could be self-employed or work for universities, professional teams or scouting organizations.

Scout’s often work outdoors and spend much of their time traveling across the country and sometimes internationally in order to identify and evaluate potential talent.

What Salary should I expect?

Median wage is around £18,000 in the UK (BOLS, 2008). Scouts are known to earn a higher wage though when working for high profile organisations.

What Career Pathways are there?

The Career Pathway for a sport scout is that they progress through the ranks in the sport that they specialise in. If they become successful they may be given positions of power over other scouts or be given the task to train them.

What are the benefits of being a Sport Scout?

You get to travel the world watching and analysing the sport that you love. You also get to talk to and meet a variety of people. Further, you may get the opportunity to travel all over the Country/ World.

What are the drawbacks?

The drawbacks of being a Sport Scout is that you may have to travel a lot, so if you don’t enjoy this, the job as a Sport Scout is probably not the right job for you.

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