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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.

Coach

Tasks and duties

  • Coaching, training and instructing sportspersons, analysing performances and developing abilities.
  • Devising and directing game strategies and play patterns.
  • Motivating sportspeople, supervising practice sessions and training drills.
  • Recruiting and selecting players and other coaching staff.
  • Consulting with specialist trainers and other sporting professionals.
  • Arranging entries into sporting competitions.
  • Promoting sports and skills development and overseeing the participation of young people in sport.
  • Carrying out end of season performance reviews and adjusting strategies accordingly.
  • Travelling with individuals and teams to competitions.
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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Coach is between $55k and $65k

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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 (SIS40519), 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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How do Coaches rate their role?

Latest reviews from 2 Coaches surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.0
Job satisfaction
3.5
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.5
Pay / Salary
3.0
Variety of work
3.0

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Nov 2018
I love doing this job, but for me I am away from the kids and husband in the evenings and I need a bit more of a balance. It is classed as casual work but you do get set meetings and there is always fill in work. I have learnt a lot working here and have enjoyed it. There are a few little things I woukd change but overall a positive experience. Probably good as a supplement income.
Reviewer's Qualification
Wellness Coach
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Group Coach
The good things
The satisfaction of helping people reach their goals. The ability to work the job around being a parent. Working with all sorts of people.
The challenges
A lot of work done in own time. You get paid for a lot of it but there is also a lot you do beyond what get paid for. The time set to get things set up before a meeting is not enough, so you go earlue...
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Aug 2019
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Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of literature
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
sport coach
The good things
I like what i do, it is involving helping people to gain confidence with them self,,, there is nothing better than to help someone who taught that they couldn't lose weight, after they did it you can ...
The challenges
imagine training a one handed person or an overweight person who thought they couldn't do it but in the end they did it.
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What are the job opportunities for Coaches?

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16.1%
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Source: LMIP. Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials

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