Sport is one of the few things that is universal – it’s a language that is understood all around the world. You could be on the other side of the world carrying a football and chances are, someone will know how to play.
If you have a passion for the sports industry, a specialist qualification could be the right move for you to progress a career anywhere in the world. Here are just a few of the roles you could tackle.
There has been a significant rise in interest in personal trainers over the last five years. According to Statista the market has grown steadily and is now worth £670m.
Personal trainers support and motivate others to meet their fitness goals. They often create personal fitness programmes which involve a combination of exercise and diet plans. You might be employed by a gym or fitness centre, but most personal trainers work for themselves. That means they get to choose where they work and how many clients they wish to support.
If you’re interested in working alongside athletes and sports teams, a career as an exercise physiologist could be ideal for you. You might have the opportunity to travel alongside athletes or teams in order to monitor training sessions and to help improve performance. You could also support athletes by preparing fitness programmes before a competition or match.
Athletes could also come to you with an illness, so you’ll support their recovery by monitoring their respiration, metabolism and cardiovascular systems. But if you choose to work in a hospital, you could be providing support to patients with heart disease, diabetes or pulmonary disease.
Whilst this is a desired career for those in the US, sport coaching or instructing is growing in popularity here in the UK, too. Sports coaches work closely with groups or individuals to bring out the best of their ability and improve overall performance.
They tend to be skilled in identifying an athletes strengths and weaknesses and how they best work together as a group. So if you have an eye for talent, this could be the role for you.
As a school teacher, you’ll be working closely with students to get them motivated and interested in getting physically fit and healthy. You’ll be responsible for planning lessons, teaching and assessing each student’s progress to ensure they are at the correct level.
English-speaking teachers are in demand almost anywhere in the world, with some countries offering free accommodation and travel for their international employees.
As a sports therapist, you’ll often be first on hand when a person has been subject to a sports or fitness related injury. You might find yourself running onto pitches or courts to provide immediate support, as well as aftercare to ensure they are back to their full level of fitness.
You could choose to work for a sports club, which means you might have the opportunity to accompany teams or athletes as they travel.
If you’re ready to take your passion for sport on a trip around the world, then pack your suitcase. At Walsall College, we have a range of sports facilities including a training and injury sports clinic, as well as a fully-equipped gym, that can lead you to a career anywhere.