How to become a development officer: Jenna's story

Meet Jenna and find out about her life as a development officer at Leeds United. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I’m just really enthusiastic about getting children involved in sports, and making sure that we continue growing the women’s game.

  • Jenna played football from the age of six. She’s passionate about the game, and wanted to find a job where she could play football whilst getting the qualifications she needed
  • She says PE at school helped her get where she is now, but her advice is also to work hard and spend time volunteering where possible
  • Day-to-day, Jenna liaises with primary schools about coming in to deliver football sessions – as well as carrying out the training with young girls. In the evenings, Jenna does Academy training – with the aim of getting the footballers into the England team or super league clubs
  • Jenna says the key attributes for the job are: people skills, interacting with young women and understanding how to encourage them to get into sport
  • Jenna is also a massive Leeds fan, which makes her job extra exciting!

What to expect if you want to be a development officer

  • Development officer salary: £21,000 to £50,000 per year
  • Development officer working hours: 36 to 38 hours per week. You may work on evenings and weekends.

What qualifications do you need to be a development officer?

  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need one or two A-levels (or equivalent) for a foundation degree, or two to three A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree.
    You could get into this job through university with a foundation degree, higher national diploma or a degree in a related subject like: Sports Development, Sports Coaching or Sports Science. You can work towards being a development officer through a Community Sport and Health Officer advanced apprenticeship. You can also get experience by playing sports, volunteering as a coach, helping out on community and holiday sports schemes, or working with a local sports club.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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