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Operations manager careers

The responsibilities of a Sports operations manager will vary greatly depending on the size of the organization, and the type of facility you are running. Typical tasks for a sports operations manager would include a mix of the following:

  • Business and financial management
  • Event organisation
  • Marketing
  • Personnel management
  • Dealing with customers

Although there are no formal qualifications required to be a sports operations manager, most employers will look for a high level of education, either a degree or diploma. Subjects that would increase your opportunities would include:
  • Business or management studies
  • Physical education, sports science or recreation management
  • Education
  • Health management
  • Travel, tourism, or leisure studies.

Many large organisations run graduate training schemes to supplement the basic skills of new entrants. Almost all roles will include one the job training, allowing you to develop skills you might lack - for example IT training, or courses to develop your management and organisational abilities, such as running meetings and negotiating skills. There will also be classes in the legislation needed to perform the job.

The Institute of Leisure and Amenities Management (ILAM) and the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) both maintain updated directories of training providers and courses available.

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