Getting in a Sport Career

Written by George Bailey, aged 17, studying sports in Yorkshire.

If you’re into keeping fit and improving other peoples lives, a sports career could be perfect for you. Sports careers can vary from the hands on role of a personal trainer, to a sports scientist.

There are many ways to get into a sports career. In my personal experience, I studied BTEC sports at GCSE, I already had a love for sports such as football and basketball, but the thing that shocked me the most was how interested I became in the Science part of it!!  …learning about how the body worked. I became to enjoy it so much, I would look forward to the theory lessons more so than the practical lessons! This made my decision very easy when choosing it again for my A levels.

If I get a high enough grade it will mean I can then go onto study an element of sports, further at University.

However this isn’t the only way of getting into a sports career, when it comes down to professional sports, talent is important of course. But the most important thing in becoming a professional is putting in the hard work and dedication to get where you want to be.

A prime example of this is Rickie Lambert, England Striker. In the year 2000 Rickie Lambert was working in a factory in his home town after being released by Liverpool and Blackpool, 14 years later he was playing for his national team at the biggest football competition in the world – The World Cup in Brazil. He is the perfect person to show that if you are dedicated enough to make a sports career for yourself, it is possible to do so if you are willing to work hard at it every single day.
If you think you have a strong enough passion and enough determination to make a career in sports for yourself, then do it. There is nothing more rewarding than improving yourself and improving somebody else’s life.

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