Sport Apprentice District Sports Plymouth

District Sports are seeking to appoint an apprentice Sports Coach to join their team. The role will provide a unique opportunity to gain insight across a range of sports, from Basketball to Gymnastics, Football to Archery, Tennis to Dodgeball, or even something completely different! If you want to be more than just a coach, then join our team!

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Closing date: 27 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Varying between 8.00am - 8.00pm, Monday to Friday. Some weekend work may be required on an occasional basis and can be negotiated with the employer. Shifts tbc.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    14 Months

  • Possible start date

    20 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Using your passion for sport, the role will involve delivering inspiring sports activities to young people; whilst also offering the opportunity to undertake further training and coaching qualifications. The role will additionally require some travel between schools and an independence in setting-up and developing sports provision. Furthermore, the post will also suit an individual with business acumen, who can help to support and develop the business into the future.

If this sounds like the dream challenge for you then apply now and start your coaching journey through this fantastic opportunity!

The role will be varied and duties will include:

  • To deliver exciting and engaging coaching sessions that enthuse young people from the outset
  • Undertaking administrative tasks inclusive of registers, attendances and emailing schools/venues
  • To develop the fundamental motor skills of young people to support their enjoyment, achievement and development
  • Interacting with parents, relatives and venue staff in a professional manner at all times
  • Setting up and clearing away activities, in addition to overseeing the maintenance of equipment
  • Travelling to various local schools, clubs and activity centers
  • Undertaking business development activities with a view to expanding the reach of the business moving forwards
  • Some flexibility will be required within this role, in addition to other generic duties as required

The training you will be getting

  • Level 2 Community Activator Coach Appreticeship Standard - striving to provide the successful candidate with an overarching knowledge and understanding in how to support curriculum Physical Education sessions and wide sports provision
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid - as we believe PE and School Sport are the areas of the curriculum where you are most likely to need these skills.
  • Prevent Training Safeguarding Training Functional Skills in maths and English (candidates with existing GCSE's in maths and English at Grade C/4 or above/equivalent will be exempt)
  • Training will take place at Plymouth Argyle. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • This employer is very keen to progress all staff members through the unique training opportunities they offer and can host superb professional development opportunities within the sports coaching sector.

Previous apprentices have been employed as full time members of staff and successful completion of the apprenticeship may lead onto the following qualifications:

  • Level 4 Sports Coach Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 5 Primary School Physical Education Specialism

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4-9 (A*-C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Math (Grade 4-9 (A*-C)) Essential

Things to consider

Experience of working within a sporting, educational or administrative context would be advantageous, however a determination to see young people succeed is of the utmost importance. Strong problem solving, communication and team work skills will form a key element of the position, with the successful candidate anticipated to regularly utilise their skills in forward planning and initiative. The ability to work effectively as part of a team will form an essential part of this role; with the ability to adapt plans and have the foresight to potential obstacles being of paramount importance. Furthermore, an ability to motivate and inspire young people in striving toward their full potential will form an essential part of this role, with the ability to plan and adapt coaching sessions to keep them fun, engaging and exciting. Individuals with outstanding organisational skills are sought, however further training will be provided to support the long term development of the right candidate. Edit Personal qualities Do you love sport? Are you passionate about coaching? Can you inspire children to raise their game and try something new? These are the skills that you will need in abundance to make every coaching session fun, exhilarating and exhausting! An outgoing and bubbly personality will propel you to success as participants respond to your energy! In addition to an element of charisma, the successful applicant will need to be organised, flexible, a good team player and hard working.

About the employer

District Sports are an established and professional multi-sport coaching company, delivering first class sports provision to children and schools across the country. District Sports Plymouth strives to provide a high quality service that positively impacts both schools and the younger generation through sporting activity. It is our philosophy to provide children of all abilities the opportunity to participate in sport and achieve their full potential. Alongside this, we aim to promote a healthy and active lifestyle which ultimately can only benefit their future development.


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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Community activator coach

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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