Profession sports instructor

Sports instructors introduce people to a sport and teach them the skills required for the performance of sport. They have a strong grip on one or more sports, which are often adventure sports, and know how to motivate others and share with them the enjoyment of the activity.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Realistic
  • Realistic / Enterprising


  • Personalise sports programme

    Observe and evaluate individual performance and determine personal needs and motivation to tailor programmes accordingly and in conjunction with the participant

  • Apply risk management in sports

    Manage the environment and athletes or participants to minimise their chances of suffering any harm. This includes checking appropriateness of venue and equipment and gathering relevant sport and health history from athletes or participants. It also includes ensuring appropriate insurance cover is in place at all times

  • Support colleagues

    Guide or help less experienced or less knowledgeable people at work.

  • Organise sporting environment

    Organise people and the environment to achieve desired objectives safely and efficiently

  • Maintain customer service

    Keep the highest possible customer service and make sure that the customer service is at all times performed in a professional way. Help customers or participants feel at ease and support special requirements.

  • Promote balance between rest and activity

    Provide information about the role of rest and regeneration in the development of sport performance. Foster rest and regeneration by providing appropriate ratios of training, competition and rest.

  • Exercise self-control

    Manage own feelings, needs and wants appropriately for the benefit of participants, clients or co-workers.

  • Perform self-assessment

    Effectively, regularly and systematically reflect on own actions, performance, and attitudes, and make necessary adjustments, seeking professional development opportunities to plug knowledge and practice gaps in identified areas.

  • Plan sports instruction programme

    Provide participants with an appropriate programme of activities to support progression to the required level of expertise in the specified time taking into account relevant scientific and sport-specific knowledge.

  • Instruct in sport

    Provide appropriate technical and tactical instruction related to the given sport using varied and sound pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of the participants and achieve the desired objectives. This requires skills such as communication, explanation, demonstration, modelling, feedback, questioning and correction.

  • Maintain working relationships

    Ensure effective working relationships with colleagues and others. Maintain them over long periods of time.

  • Demonstrate professional attitude to clients

    Demonstrate responsibility and professional duty of care to clients which will include communication skills and a focus of customer care orientation.

Optional knowledge and skills

work with different target groups support sport in media

Common job titles

  • Basketball instructor
  • After school instructor
  • Sports instructor
  • Adjunct faculty, school of health, exercise, and sport science
  • Physical education teacher
  • Athletic assistant
  • Coordinator of athletic programs 3 (intramural sports coordinator)
  • Soccer instructor/coordinator
  • Coordinator of competitive sports