Sport Development

Interested in making a difference to your community through sport?

What do sport development officers do?

Sports development co-ordinators aim to provide opportunities for participation in sport for all sections of the community. They distribute information and organise sport-related projects, classes, programs, coaching, club development and training. Their main role is to increase participation in all sports but also address issues of health, social inclusion and often work closely with organizations and in partnership with government bodies to deliver government sports initiatives

Where are the jobs?

Sport organisations (e.g., Tennis Australia)

State (e.g. VicHealth), and national government (e.g. Department of Health)

Non-profit organisations (e.g., YMCA)

Job titles to search

Sport development officer

Sport development coordinator

Project officer

Skills required for the job 

Skills you should aim to develop include:

  • Skills in program planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Teamwork, partnership & collaboration skills
  • Communication (e.g. people skills, relationship building)
  • Project management skills (e.g. organisation, time management, problem solving)
  • Influencing, negotiating and advocacy skills

How to develop your skills

To give yourself the best opportunity to be job ready at the end of your degree, we recommend that you:

Volunteer at the local government level or in a smaller community or sport organisation

Find a mentor (e.g., someone working within the field at present, or an academic who may have connections in the community)

Acquaint yourself with current organisations employing sport development officers, sign up to their emails, and follow them on Facebook or Twitter

When you meet new people tell them (confidently and succinctly) what you want to do when you graduate. You never know but they may have a contact that they can introduce you to now or sometime in the future.

What units or courses to study at Deakin

Students can enrol in the Bachelor of Exercise Science or a Bachelor of Health Science to complete the physical activity and health major:

HSE111 – Physical Activity and Exercise for Health

HSE112 – Pathways in the Physical Activity, Exercise and Health Industry

HSE212 – Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation

HSE213 – Children’s Physical Activity and Sport

HSE316 – Physical Activity and Population Health

HSE332 – Global Perspectives in Physical Activity and Health

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