This week’s Sector Spotlight is on the Leisure and Sport Industry. Today we hear from Joanne Bamford who is a Community Sports Officer with Orkney Islands Council.
Joanne has worked in Scotland and America in various sports roles before she moved to Orkney to continue her journey in the sector.
Can you describe a typical day in your job?
My typical work day can vary from day to day. I can be office based, I can be out visiting clubs at their training sessions or it can be a mixture of both.
How did you end up in your current role?
I left school at 16 and went to college to do a health and fitness course, I also worked as a Leisure Development Assistant with a local authority.
I then spent some time working seasonally in America as a Football Coach.
After a few years I went back to college and obtained an HND in Sports Development with Coaching and then attended 3rd year of University to obtain a BA Sports Coaching with Development with Merit.
I then went back to working in America for a while before moving home where I worked in leisure facilities.
I then relocated to Orkney, working as a Leisure Assistant before finding the role as Community Sports Officer with Orkney Islands Council.
What is the best thing about your job?
I like that my job can be different each day. I also like working with a wide range of people including sports clubs, facilities and governing bodies.
What is the worst thing about your job?
I wouldn’t say there is a worst area of my job. Like any job there are challenges to overcome but I just take it in my stride.
What skills do you need to undertake your role?
What qualifications do you have?
And many more.
Would you recommend this job to young people, if so why?
A Job in Sport is very rewarding. I worked as a Coach, Leisure Assistant and now as Community Sport Officer. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in each area of sport as it can take you down more than one route.
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