Do you dream of someday managing your own sports-team? Working behind the scenes at fitness events, your cup of tea? Would you enjoy taking a hands-on approach to the marketing and advertising efforts of a fitness business? If your answer to any of these is ‘yes’, then you may have considered becoming a professional sports manager. By doing so, you will be able to take advantage of exciting career opportunities locally and abroad. Additionally while shaping the fitness and sporting industry to create better athletes and sporting facilities. Though the road to becoming a sports manager is a relatively long one, it can also be a remarkably rewarding career choice. So, if you see yourself managing a sports team or facility in the not-too-distant future, here is how you should start your career as a sports manager.
Get started with your Sport Management career
What skills will you need?
As a sports manager, aspiring or made, you will need to hone in a certain collection of business and social skills which are crucial to the industry; and it is never too early to start actively developing them. You will, of course, need people skills, since you will hopefully be working with people from diverse walks of life and backgrounds. Secondly, teamwork is important since you will need to orchestrate whichever ones you are responsible for.
Learning to communicate effectively is also key, as is developing strong decision making and organisational skills. Furthermore a strong value system is also required to maintain and enforce sporting ethics.
How to Get Accredited Through a Trusted College
You’ll want to get started on the appropriate qualification as soon as possible. In a South African context, it is best to opt for a sports management course that is accredited by the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority of South Africa (or CATHSSETA). Doing so will give you the widest range of employment opportunities. It will outfit you with the skills and knowledge to practice your craft with confidence. This accreditation could also enable you to seek your fortune abroad, where the demand for sports-management specialists is high.
Move your Way up the Fitness Business Ladder
Once accredited, you will need to get yourself on the corporate ladder and start climbing. Avoid expecting any top management positions for a while; you will need time to grow into your career by refining your skills and experience; and there is a lot of exciting stuff to learn along the way.
With an ever-growing number of different sporting activities, the demand for highly skilled sports managers is rising globally. Take advantage of this opportunity by contacting a representative from Trifocus Fitness Academy today, and speak to us for more details about our courses for sports management certification, or visit our website for further information on our selection of fitness courses.