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The key role of a Community Sport and Health Officer (CSHO) is to initiate behaviour change in local residents with regards engagement in sport and physical activity across local communities. By working within and across local organisations individuals will scope, organise and coordinate the delivery of opportunities for local communities to get more physically active.


A CSHO requires a comprehensive understanding of the principles of behaviour change; an ability to adapt delivery to suit different groups in society; knowledge of how to manage and lead colleagues or volunteers; practical experience of how to develop and devise appropriate sports or physical activity programmes; and the expectations of collaborative work with a network of partners / stakeholders.  


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About This Programme

The Community Sport and Health Officer will be equipped with the following knowledge:

  • How to initiate meaningful behaviour change based on utilising a strength and asset based approach

  • How to work with national governing bodies of sport, county sports partnerships, community organisations, the voluntary sector and sport for development agencies

  • How to plan programmes of engaging and innovative activities using sport and physical activity

  • How to understand social barriers and personal motivations of customers to activate local communities

  • What constitutes an effective sport or physical activity programme and how to measure customer satisfaction

  • Where to source and how to use customer insight to design sport and physical activity interventions – weekly coaching sessions, social skills groups, volunteering

  • The funding landscape for sport, physical activity, community regeneration, addressing anti-social behaviour and public health

  • How to use information technology to monitor and evaluate programmes in order to measure impact and capture outcomes

  • Understanding the causes, social determinants and distribution of health inequalities

  • Understanding the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles – basic understanding of nutrition, fitness to work, regular daily activity, mental well being

  • How sport and physical activity can be used to prevent, minimise and manage anti social behaviour or low level criminality by customers

  • How to stimulate positive activities through using experiential play and animation across community assets – this will include how to adapt traditional forms of games and sports as well as utilizing fun and adventure to encourage positive interaction

  • The fundamental principles of safeguarding, child protection and working with vulnerable adults

  • The fundamental principles of first aid in a community sport environment

The Community Sport and Health Officer will understand and be able to demonstrate and apply the following skills: 

  • Successful application of tactics and strategies to empower people from inactive and hard to reach populations to take up an active lifestyle

  • Successful application of a range of approaches that bring about changes in attitudes and behaviours within target communities

  • Supporting people within target communities to become involved in the preparation, planning and delivery of sport and active lifestyles

  • Using local insight and customer-orientated marketing skills to attract high priority groups into existing leisure, parks and sport infrastructure

  • Negotiation, lobbying and brokerage skills with local partners across public health, community development and anti social behaviour

  • Demonstrate clear and effective communication techniques in order to give/receive information accurately and in a timely and positive manner

  • Problem solving and effective decision making with regards the design and implementation of sport and physical activity programmes

  • Writing successful funding bids to enable new, different or more opportunities to take place for sport and physical activity

  • Managing disruptive behaviour of clients and customers before, during and after activities

  • Managing and adapting personal behaviours to ensure provision is inclusive, customer-focused and accessible

  • Building partnerships and developing meaningful relationships with local partners and stakeholders in sport and physical activity

The Community Sport and Health Officer will exhibit the following behaviours:

  • A strong work ethic including attention to detail, willingness to adapt to change, and time management

  • A positive attitude to work and act as a role model within their local community

  • Ability to work individually and as a member of a team

  • Truthful, sincere and trustworthy in their actions; can demonstrate integrity by doing the right thing; exhibits high levels of emotional intelligence

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

What You Will Achieve

On completion of the programme, the apprentice will achieve the Level 3 Community Sports and Health Officer Apprenticeship, professionally recognised by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity). 

Apprentices who successfully complete this apprenticeship will be eligible to apply for membership with CIMSPA as a Practitioner. Membership with the Institute acknowledges those achieving these standards have joined a professional community, and opens the door to the continued support, career development and guidance that professional bodies provide.

Entry Requirements

This apprenticeship can be completed by anyone aged 16 and over and must be put forward by their employer. Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test prior to the end point assessment. Mitre Group will provide additional support for candidates requiring assistance with English and Maths.


The Learning Pathway

Successful completers will be able to move into senior roles within the Sector – leading teams of people or specialising with certain populations, particular sports or programmes. We recommend that learners completing the L3 Community Sport & Health Officer progress on to the L4 Sports Coach Apprenticeship.

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