Sports Coach Level 4 Apprenticeship

  • Apprenticeship
The Sports Coach Level 4 Apprenticeship standard combines employment and continued study for learners looking to achieve a career in elite or community coaching.

An apprenticeship is the perfect way for individuals to earn an income while continuing to develop personally, professionally and academically, while providing employers with valuable skilled staff to enhance or fill skills gaps within their business.


A career as a Sport Coach uses extensive technical and tactical sports knowledge and skills to design and deliver coaching programmes that engage, motivate and evolve participants’ skills and performance. There are three specific pathways to choose from (High Performance Coaches, Community Sport Coaches, School Sport Coaches)


A sport coach aims to provide meaningful and high-quality learning, development and performance experiences. In this role a sport coach can support the achievement of medals in talent, national and international competition, enrich performance in local competitions, increase participation, raise educational standards, enhance wellbeing and drive social change.

Sports Coach Apprenticeship – Highlights


L4 Sports Coach Apprenticeship


12-18 Months


Minimum 30 hour weekly contract

Off Job Training

Minimum of 6 hours training per week

Learner Reviews

Every 8-10 Weeks to ensure progress on track

Monthly Tutorials

To support learning and development

End Point Assesments

Work-based observation, project presentation with Q&A, Pro discussion

Additional Qualifications

Depending on employers role requirements


Full-time employment, higher level apprenticeship.

Sports Coach Apprenticeship - Overview

Successful applicants will be directly employed by one of our carefully selected sport and leisure employers that we have built established relationships  to ensure the apprenticeship is right for both the employee and employer.

Alongside developing skills and experience on-the-job as a Sports Coach Apprentice, your off-the-job training  (minimum off 6 hours per week) will enable you to enhance your knowledge, skills and behaviours set out within the apprenticeship standard. Depending on the pathway chosen these will include the following subjects and more…

Advanced coaching methodologies and athlete development strategies %
Sports psychology and performance analysis in elite sports %
Achieving excellence in competitive sporting environments %
Inclusive coaching techniques and community development %
Effective communication and promoting well-being through sports. %
Engaging diverse communities in physical activity initiatives %
Curriculum-based coaching and pedagogical approaches %
Child development theories and creating inclusive school sports programmes. %
Enhancing physical education and sports within educational settings 0 %


The Community Activator Coach Level 2 Apprenticeship is assessed across a variety of methods including work-based observation, case study challenge, presentation with Q&A and a panel interview.



Upon successful completion of the Standard, all Apprentices will be automatically given CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) at Affiliate Member level.

Successful completers will be able to move into leadership or management roles within the Sector (Activator, Activity Leader, Sports Coach, Community Worker, Outreach Officer) which may be aligned to an Apprenticeship at higher level. This progression will involve leading teams of people; acting as a mentor for staff; or specialising with the delivery of sporting and physical activity programmes to a range of  audiences.

Community Activator Coach Apprenticeship - Entry Requirements

To apply for a Sports Coach Apprenticeship, the minimum entry requirements are as follows to be considered for a formal interview for any role we have available:

4 GCSE Qualifications %
English GCSE Grade 2/E, Level 1 Functional Skills, or equivalent %
Mathematics GCSE Grade 2/E, Level 1 Functional Skills, or equivalent %
Demonstrate a passion for sport for development sector %
Be at least 16 years of age %


If you are looking for an apprenticeship to kick off your future in the sport, fitness and leisure industry then complete the following form for further details and an informal chat with our dedicated apprenticeship team.



Whether you want to bring fresh, highly-skilled talent to your business, or upskill your existing staff to match the changing needs of your industry, Access Sport Apprenticeships is here for you.

A thriving business is one that is able to adapt and evolve with the wider industry. With decades of experience in apprenticeships and an offer that takes in a range of apprenticeship standards across a variety of roles within the sport, fitness and leisure industries, we’re ready to help you take your team to the next level.

If you are an employer considering Sport & Leisure apprenticeships or would like to find out more about our apprenticeship offering and how it could support your business then get in touch by booking a consultation with our dedicated team.