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Sporting Excellence Professional

Sporting Excellence Professional

You’ll learn to perform consistently and effectively in training environments and competitions on a sporting excellence professional apprenticeship course.

Football, cricket, rugby league, and rugby union are all covered under this apprenticeship. During your apprenticeship, you will develop into a sports professional capable of consistently and effectively functioning in training and competition circumstances.

A manager or head coach, skill coaches, physiotherapists, psychologists, nutritionists, strength and conditioning experts, and educational professionals will be part of your multi-disciplinary team. You will have a lot of autonomy in terms of responsibility for what happens on the field of play, and you must manage a lot of pressure.

What you’ll learn

On a sporting excellence professional apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Participate in injury prevention and management programmes that use skilled support workers’ knowledge and abilities to help reduce the impact of an injury on training and competition performance.
  • Apply safe practices to all training, preparation, and competition phases, such as working with equipment alone, under pressure, or travelling internationally.
  • Take the required steps to gather critical information for before and post-testing, and have a current list of prohibited and restricted medications on hand at all times.
  • Implement a diet, hydration, and nutrition improvement programme that includes professional support worker input and evaluation.
  • Develop meaningful relationships through communicating with coworkers, colleagues, and peers.
  • Handle conflicts successfully in all situations and provide a positive image of themselves, their organisation, and their sport.
  • Identify and implement an off-field personal action plan to improve lifestyle management and support and improve mental and emotional well-being.
  • Create and carry out a personal, professional action plan that outlines how they will manage their transition into the next stage, considering secondary and supplementary vocations.
  • Deliver consistent performance under pressure by efficiently integrating all disciplines.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • A high degree of ability in a particular sport.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of three distinct assessment methods: 

  • A knowledge test answered through a series of multiple–choice questions and scenario-based questions. 
  • A practical observation with questions and answers
  • A professional interview supported by a portfolio of evidence

Duration and level

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Level: 3 – Advanced Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 3 Sporting Excellence Professional Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 1, 2022

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