Sport Manager

Sport managers organize sporting events and coordinates sport programmes at various institutes or centres, such as gymnasiums and sports clubs.


Because millions of rands are spent on sport and recreation yearly, sport managers must design and develop organisation structures and management systems to control large-scale investments and sponsorships.
Sport managers design and manage scientific training programmes for sportspeople and may give advice about obtaining sponsors. They also manage training programmes for ordinary people who want to keep fit. Some manage enterprises such as gymnasiums or sports clubs.

They make decisions with regard to marketing, investments and sponsorships, as well as the handling of financial matters. They are often involved in personnel matters such as selection, recruitment and development. They ensure that equipment is kept in good order, prepare staff timetables and prepare budgets.

Sport managers may help to plan and design sporting and recreation complexes, and do research in the fields of training, fitness, diet, equipment and apparatus. They advise sports bodies on recreation plans and policies.

They may specialise in a particular field and need to have a thorough knowledge of various types of sport, as well as the human body. Many sport managers have coaching experience. They need to have a natural ability to motivate and inspire others. The Comrades Marathon road race is an example of the work in which a sport manager is involved.


Employment


  • The Department of Education

  • South African Federation for Movement and Leisure Sciences

  • Confederation of South African Sports

  • universities and universities of technology

  • SANDF

  • SAPS

  • mining houses

  • Eskom

  • SAB

  • Department of Correctional Services

  • gymnasiums and sports clubs

  • self-employment, with enough experience and capital, can start of business, such as own gymnasium or designing sport products and/or ting as an agent for professional sportspeople


Getting Started


  • become involved in the sports activities of a school or sports club

  • familiarise yourself with the human body and its functions and learn about nutritional matters

  • develop an interest in all kinds of sport and take a first aid course

  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work as an assistant at a sports club, even if unpaid

  • speak to a sport manager about this career.


Programmes

Boland TVET College, Boston City Campus and Business College, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Durban University of Technology , Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Exercise Teachers Academy, Livingston International University of Tourism, Makerere University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, North-West University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch, Vaal University of Technology, Walter Sisulu University


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