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Coach

Develop and improve the performance of sportspeople and athletes using fitness training and motivational strategies.

What's it like to be a Coach?

Coaches work with individuals and teams to develop and improve their sporting abilities. They analyse game performance and training habits to identify areas requiring improvement, devise and implement skills drills, and deploy motivational tactics, personalised training and dietary regimens and fitness tests that facilitate improved performance.

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Coaches usually specialise in one sport and are accountable for the recruitment and selection of players and the performances of a team in a competitive environment.

Coaches work in a variety of sporting settings depending on their level of expertise. The level of responsibility of coaches varies greatly, elite professional coaches may work at professional sporting clubs, national academies, and government funded high performance programs such as the Australian Institute of Sport, while amateur coaches may volunteer with junior teams or for social sporting clubs.

What can I earn as a Coach?

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How to become a Coach


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There are no educational prerequisites for becoming a Coach, however some employers prefer individuals with qualifications in the fields of Sport Coaching or Sports Science. You will also require a current Working with Children Licence.

  1. Be aged 16 or over.
  2. Hold a current Working with Children Licence. You can apply online, and licensing is mandatory for anyone engaging, or intending to engage in child-related work as an employee or volunteer with children under the age of 18.
  3. Complete a qualification in Sport Coaching or Sports Science. This could be a Certificate III in Sport (Coaching) (SIS30713), a Certificate IV in Sport Coaching (SIS40319), a Diploma of Sport Development (SIS50612) or a Bachelor degree majoring in Sports Science.
  4. Consider taking an assistant or volunteer role at a local sporting organisation in order to build your experience.

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Latest Coach reviews

Latest reviews from 9 Coaches surveyed on SEEK
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Mar 2021
Coach requires you to have people's skills and make sure the people are our first priority.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Finance
The good things
Well, a Coach's role involves training and mentoring new hires and other employees. The best part about the role is that there is an opportunity to get in touch with various different kinds of people ...
The challenges
As a coach , it sometimes involves putting in tremendous work and sometimes leads to work pressure and anxiety . The role also involves being a helping hand to the team leader, and being the firts poi...
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Mar 2021
Coaching is generally quite rewarding but it comes with some challenges
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
fitness
The good things
Great flexibility in terms of working hours, particularly for someone who is interested in having a parallel career as a PT. The job is very dynamic and the social aspect of it is great.
The challenges
Job security is an issue, especially in the current global situation. Also, shifts tend to be short but plenty during the day, which means good organisational skills are required to fit this career w...
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