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Sports & Fitness Coaches

Descriptions & Duties

  • Sports & Fitness Coaches instruct or coach amateur and professional athletes the skills and techniques of sports. They evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses to improve their technique to prepare them for competition.
    They are responsible for scheduling, organising, and conducting practice sessions and physical conditioning programs for athletes or teams; analysing the strengths and weaknesses of individual athletes and opposing teams, so as to develop game strategies and tactics;
    participating in planning and co-ordinating competition schedules and programmes;
    formulating competitive strategy and directing athletes during athletic events;
    analysing and evaluating athletes' or teams' performances and adjusting coaching techniques accordingly;
    demonstrating and monitoring the safe and proper use of sports and training equipment;
    instructing athletes on proper techniques, game strategies, sportsmanship, and the rules of the sport;
    keeping records of athletes' and opponents' performance;
    identifying and recruiting potential athletes by meeting with recruits, and arranging and offering incentives, such as athletic scholarships.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Trade Specific Competencies

Sport coaching knowledge and skills

Sports & Fitness Coaches must be able to apply sports coaching knowledge and skills to develop suitable training program for individuals and groups in order to improve skill level of athletes.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically have a bachelor's degree in sports management, or physical education and recreation management, or sport and recreation management, or equivalent

Other specific requirements

  • usually with playing experience in specific sport at certain level are required.

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Sports & Fitness Coaches are typically employed by the team or organisation directly. They may be exposed to all weather conditions of the season. They often travel to attend sporting events. They always work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.


  • Phone headsets - Communications headsets
  • Physiological recorders - Motion analysis equipment
  • Portable data input terminals - Weightlifting analysis equipment
  • Stop watch - Digital stopwatches

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