Apprenticeship Standards Sporting Excellence Professional (L3)

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This level 3 apprenticeship standard is designed as a minimum 18-month programme and is for apprentices who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and behavioural competences required to work in a sporting excellence professional role.

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Sporting Excellence Professionals are competent players who perform consistently and effectively in training environments and competitions in relation to one of the following professional sports: cricket, football, rugby league and rugby union.

They are part of a playing team, supported and managed by a wider and multi-disciplinary team. They have a high level of autonomy in terms of responsibility for what happens on the field of play and need to be able to cope with extreme pressure.

The key activities of a Sporting Excellence Professional are to:

  • effectively and successfully represent their employer on the field of play at a local, regional, national or international level

  • undertake a daily training routine, supported by a multi-disciplinary team, to ensure that they retain and develop the technical, tactical, physical and psychological skills necessary for performing at the professional level

  • practice a lifestyle conducive to maintaining a high level of performance

  • act as an ambassador for their employer, sport and governing body in relation to younger players, fans and the local community – including their approach to diversity, equality and inclusion

  • actively plan for life after their sporting career and supplement the next phase of playing contract. 

Employers will set their own entry requirements and will need to be registered with the National Governing Body and/or Leagues relevant to the professional player pathway for their sport to ensure they are able to provide the right environment in which to successfully develop Sporting Excellence Professionals.

Mandatory requirements

Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment. 

For those with an education, health and care plan, or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.


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