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A career in sports does not have to mean that you have to be a star athlete. There are plenty of avenues you can take to turn your passion for sports into a rewarding job. Similarly, the recreation industry relies on a strong workforce to ensure that people can enjoy their leisure time however they so please.
All gyms, schools, and physiotherapy centres need someone who is specialised in sport. For some of these roles you may have to have a professional qualification, or even a degree, but many also offer routes in through apprenticeships or work placements.
Within recreation you could be working in theme parks, spas, cinema, casinos or anything else that people choose to do for fun in their spare time. A lot of this work can be seasonal, especially if you would like to work with children as a lot of their activities will take place throughout school holidays.
There are plenty of opportunities for self-employment within this industry and it is also one that responds quickly to cultural trends. In the past couple of years the wellness industry has boomed, which has opened up opportunities for influencers and micro-influencers on social media. Those who manage to accrue a following in these industries can be very well paid – especially if you learn how to market yourself properly.