What they do
Sports administrators manage sporting clubs, associations and occasionally an entire sport. They work across all levels of sport all over Western Australia, from small, amateur clubs in the remote north, right up to multi-million dollar professional teams like the West Coast Eagles or Fremantle Dockers. Sports administrators may be responsible for activities such as fund raising, promoting the sport in school and the wider community, attracting corporate sponsorship and liaising with councils, governing bodies and other sporting clubs.
The working conditions and environment of a sports administrator vary greatly depending on the size of the club or association they work for. They usually work in offices, though may frequently be required to travel to visit sponsors, educational institutions, media organisations and other stakeholders. Working hours often include weekends and evenings.
Tools and technologies
Sports administrators should be familiar with the equipment used in the sport they represent, though they do not necessarily have to have a high level of sporting skill. A large portion of a sports administrators job is carried out over the phone or using a computer, those who need to travel a great deal usually use a mobile phone and laptop computer. These workers also generally need to be familiar with word processing and accounting software.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a sports administrator you usually need to study a degree in sports management, commerce, business, management, sports science or a related area.
Most sports administrators require additional experience and skills in business and management.
Most universities in Western Australia offer degrees in these fields. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Required registration and licensing