Get Active Academy Sports Apprenticeships Pays You To Work & Learn New Skills 

Our  sports apprenticeship duration may vary depending on the apprenticeship selected, but it will be a minimum of 12-18 months.

What Is A Sports Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of a job and an approved training programme which gives an individual the skills and experience required for a specific job role. Our apprenticeships can range from a level 2 through to a level 3 and employers can recruit new staff or enroll current staff onto an apprenticeship programme at any time.

We offer potential students progression routes to level 3 Community Health Officer & Level 3 Coaching Standard.


Community Activator Coach Standard 

The Community Activator Coach Standard will underpin occupations such as an Activator, Sports Coach, Activity Leader, Community Worker or Outreach Officer.

These roles are predominantly employed by sport for social change charities; SMEs who operate in the sport and physical activity sector; local authorities; sports clubs; leisure centres; youth work agencies; housing associations and outdoor education centres and are deployed to primarily work with inactive groups of people.


The wider sport and activity sector plays an important role in improving the health and wellbeing of the nation and provides a positive environment which supports (especially young) people to grow and develop through sport and physical activity.

The Community Activator Coach promotes, delivers and coaches fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help whole communities to change their behaviour, adopt and keep to a physically active lifestyle.

Community Activator Coaches are more than activity and sports leaders – they understand communities and customers. They will be equipped with the specialist knowledge needed to effectively work with one customer group (such as inactive teenagers) but also be knowledgeable about other inactive customer groups whom they may be expected to work with on occasions.

What To Expect As A Community Activator Coach


 Understand the benefits of physical activity and sport for individuals, families and communities, and know why adopting an active and healthy lifestyle is important.

  • Understand the basic principles of behavioural change when applied to sport and physical activity, and know how to keep customers active.
  • Know the importance of credible customer insight – listening to customers and understanding their motivations – to shape provision and leadership style.
  • Know the importance of effective leadership and coaching in the delivery of a physical activity or sports sessions.
  • Know the value of using informal spaces and ‘out of locality’ settings to encourage customers to develop the lifelong activity habit.
  • Understand the role of the coach in developing effective motivational relationships, how to build rapport with customers and understand what good role models look like.
  • Understand the tasks involved in delivering community level activation events and support their delivery, particularly in terms of providing equipment and activities.

Gareth Edwards, First For Sports 

My name is Gareth Edwards and I am a co-director of first for sports.

Last year along with my team we started the pes3 qualification which is being run by Aaron Rogers. Since starting the course it has run very smoothly, helped by the professionalism and organisation of Aaron.

Aaron always follows through on what he says he’s going to do and is always flexible when it comes to when we set up our meetings to carry out the work.

Aaron is also very helpful and is a great guide /teacher when it comes to getting the tasks complete. My team and I are very much looking forward to the completion of the course and gaining our qualification. Thanks again Aaron on all your help. 


The Community Activator Coach will apply this knowledge in work environments


  • Planning and adapting sessions and activities that respond to customer feedback and encourage customers to develop a lifelong activity habit.
  • Coaching or leading pre-planned sport or physical activity sessions that are attractive to the target audience(s) and develop motivational relationships with customers.
  • Promoting a physical activity offer, (including but not exclusively) organised play and sport in the community which supports individuals on their behaviour change journey.
  • Working collaboratively with sports clubs and other community assets – including volunteers, public services, youth workers, the police and community champions.
  • Supporting customers to co-produce rewarding volunteering opportunities.
  • Supporting families to participate together in sport and physical activity.
  • Working effectively with customer insight to overcome individual, community and societal barriers to participation in physical activity and sport.


The Community Activator Coach will model the following behaviours


  • Honesty, sincerity and integrity by doing the right thing at the right time.

  • A positive attitude to work, be approachable and model an active lifestyle.

  • A concern for customer’s welfare and wellbeing.

  • Show a willingness to ‘go the extra mile’.

  • Enthusiasm to work as a member of a team and also to use his or her own initiative when leading or planning activities.

  • Adaptable and confident in one’s own ability.

  • Building meaningful and appropriate relationships.

  • A willingness to learn and a desire to contribute to their own continuing professional development.

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What You Gain From The Sports Apprenticeship

You’ll know how to make communities and lives better through physical activity, organised play and sport.

The Community Activator Coach will be a positive role model who builds good rapport with customers – especially those who are young, inactive, or from low-income and marginalized communities.

The Community Activator Coach often works alongside youth workers, the police and community safety agencies to make neighbourhoods safer and works alongside health workers to make residents fitter and healthier.

The role is a flexible one and individuals can expect to work varied and unsociable hours, including evenings, weekends and school holidays.Professional recognition: On successful completion of the Standard, all Apprentices will be automatically given CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) at Associate Membership level.

Sam Rockley , Superstar Sports

This course allows you to improve all areas of coaching from safeguarding to overall coaching ability.
It improves you as an overall coach and prepares you for coaching/leading in schools. The support given is amazing and is available nearly 24-7
I would recommend this course to anyone looking at improving or starting their coaching pathway.