How to start
You may be able to do some coaching through your local sports club – ask and see what’s available. If you’re very keen, you can give yourself more options by doing a coaching course: you will generally have to pay (sometimes quite a lot) but will have a qualification which will entitle you to higher rates. For example :
- Tennis – level 1 coaching course through the Lawn Tennis Association – minimum age 16
- Football – become a FA qualifed referee – minimum age 14
You can find lots of useful information on the UK Sports Coach website which has links to the websites of the different UK sports governing bodies of different sports.
How much pay
This depends on your sport, your qualifications and the opportunities where you live. Referees normally get a standard fee per match.
Things to remember
You will need skills in people management and organisation/planning as well as sports skills.
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