The excitement of the 2012 Olympics and the success of many British sports is motivating more people to take a “˜sporting chance’. Do you love sport enough to do the same?

Sporting Chances

The percentage of adults in the UK who are obese has roughly doubled since the mid-1980′s. This trend is a major concern of all western governments. For instance Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, concerned to secure a legacy from the Games, announced a £30 million initiative called ‘A Sporting Future for London’ which will be invested into grass-roots sport in London by 2012.

In the past three years, more than 200,000 young people have left university with a sport and/or leisure related qualification in search of a job. If you add to this figure the number of Further Education qualifications also completed in this time, it is clear to see that demand to work in the sector is high. The opportunities to develop a career in sport, whether as a sportsperson or as an individual seems set to continue to rise.

Do you love sport? If so, you’ll know that getting involved in it can be the best thing you ever do. Sport offers you exercise, fun and a great learning and social experience all rolled into one.

Many young people love it so much, they train to become coaches or fitness professionals and share their expertise with others. If you don’t aspire to be a professional sportsperson, but would like to make a career out of sport, studying sport at college or university might be for you. Graduate careers in sport include sports science, sport development, teaching and various opportunities in sports business and media. To progress in these areas, however, your CV must feature volunteering and work experience, and evidence that you have what it takes to make an impact on the sports world. Here at Loughborough University we advise students that using their contacts and doing their research is the secret to success in this popular field. As with sport itself, there will be competition, and in most sports salaries are moderate. But with passion and perseverance, you can develop the job hunting skills needed to pursue your ultimate goal.

Gill Clarke, Careers Adviser, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Find out more

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