Few opportunities for sports coaches/officials
It is difficult to find work as a sports coach/official, as few sports are played year-round in New Zealand. This means most sports coaches/officials need a second job to make a living.
According to the Census, 8,478 sports coaches/officials worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Types of employers varied
Sports coaches/officials can be self-employed or work for:
- sports clubs or facilities such as golf clubs, ski fields or swimming pools
- regional, national or international sports organisations such as Tennis Auckland, New Zealand Rugby Union or the International Cricket Council
- schools or tertiary education providers
- sport organisations such as regional sports trusts or the New Zealand High Performance Unit
- indoor sports venues.