Sports Development

Looking for a stepping stone into the world of Sports Development? If so, then this Apprenticeship could be just what you need to get your career off to a flying start.


Our Sports Development Apprenticeships gives 16-23 year olds access to work with VLUK partners such as Powerleague, Essex Cricket Club and Portsmouth FC.

Sports development apprenticeships can include roles in a range of industry sectors including sports sales and marketing, sports coaching, sports volunteer management or even responsibility of sports participants. Whichever pathway you follow, VLUK will support you every step of the way.

Practical Training

We strongly believe in motivating you to reach your full potential and preparing you for life as a professional. As a result, we fully endorse industry based learning.

During the programme you will be expected to work a minimum of  4 days per week (30 hours) and focus on your studies for the equivalent of 1 day per week.

90% of students stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship

Relevant industry linked apprenticeships could see you working in management and supervisory positions in sport development, coaching and recreation.


All academic content will be provided through an online learning platform, The Sport Brain™ and delivered by industry experts.

Through one-on-one professional mentoring, practical work based-skills are developed, designed to release each apprentice into the world of employment or further study with excellent skills and knowledge.

During your apprenticeship, the sports industry partner you work with will encourage you to lead on projects, research areas of weakness within the business, monitor competitor activity and drive up revenue. All important aspects of any sports sector business.


Our programmes act as a foundation for you to further your career plans.

Before the end of your apprenticeship you will be putting professional sport into the heart of education with leading professional sports sector organisation. The programme will increase your confidence, expand your knowledge and enhance your industry based skills.

With this programme on your CV, nothing is impossible.

Many of our former apprentices have developed within their existing workplace or go on to find work with other organisations. Others choose to apply for further apprenticeships whilst previous apprentices have chosen to run their own business through franchising in the sports industry.

If you didn’t already, by the time you are finished, you will have the desire to grab every opportunity available to you.


To be highly regarded in any industry you have to work hard. Be it their approach to coaching or theoretical study, all applicants who enter the programme must be prepared to work hard.

Put in the hours and the rewards will come.

A typical apprentice can expect to spend anything between 30-36 hours a week studying, training, and developing his or her work experience. There are no half measures or shortcuts to success.

A conventional timetable for PE and School:

 Admin support.
Industry Based Work & Admin support

Morning Industry Based Work.
Admin supportIndustry Based Work 

Morning Admin support.
Industry Based Work & Admin support

Morning Mentor Meeting & Industry Based Work.
Admin supportIndustry Based Work 

All day
Academic day. Independent Study.

The timetable is an example but it can be tailored to the needs of the business. Also, working hours can be increased as long as the apprentice is paid accordingly.


Throughout the programme apprentices will be challenged both in employment and through studying a variety of theory units. These units will provide the essential groundwork knowledge required to establish yourself in the workplace. One-to-one support and assessment will be available from the work-based mentor throughout the apprenticeship.

Each apprentice will work alongside an established member of staff then moving onto planning, leading and reviewing projects, whilst being mentored and observed. Training is designed to develop the apprentice’s interaction skills with others and give them the knowledge and understanding of everything that is required within the sports development community.

The apprentice is seen as a valuable employee, so will be expected to work and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Being part of the sport industry comes with various benefits depending on where your placement is but to reap the rewards you must have a dedicated work ethic.

Courses we offer

Start Date
Monthly from September - August

Course type
Full-time Apprenticeship

Course Duration
13 months

Various - see map

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Based on National Apprenticeship wage

Entry Requirements
Dependent on course, and interview

Course progression
Access to further/higher education

Career opportunities
Assistant Sports Development Officer, community trust sports officer.

Further information
Course enquiry line:
01753 362248

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