Jobs | University of Kent Sport

Work with us

As a member of Kent Sport staff, you're part of a fun, engaging department that is keen to get as many people active as possible. Alongside the use of all sports facilities, there are a lot of benefits to working with us, including a generous pension plan and local outlet discounts.  

Substantive and casual opportunities

There are many opportunities to join Kent Sport as a member of our team, whether that is part of our contracted staff (substantive roles) or as part of our casual (student) team. See below for the current opportunites in both areas. 

Substantive opportunities

When a substantive role within the Kent Sport team becomes available, full details and the application process will be available on the University's main jobs page

Duty Sports Officer

Sports Development Officer

Casual staff

Being a casual staff member at Kent Sport while you are studying is a great way to learn valuable skills and develop experience within a working environment. See Graduate Goals website. The benefits for students include:

  • Experience in a range of positions
  • Paid, regular work
  • Flexible hours
  • Free Kent Sport membership*

*Casual staff must complete 50 hours with Kent Sport, and continue to fulfil their hours.

See our list of available casual timesheet roles:

Fitness Instructor

Personal Trainer

Studio Instructor

Football Official

Fitness Instructor

Role: Fitness Instructor

Department: Health, Fitness and Studio

Line Manager/Contact: Jeni Dexter – j.dexter@kent.ac.uk 

Location: Sports Centre - Canterbury Campus

Qualifications or Experience required: Level 2 Fitness Certificate preferable

Rate of Pay: NMW or NLW dependant on age (£7.05-£9.41per hour)

Shift Times/Hours Available: Predominantly Evenings (1700-2200) and Weekends (0900-1700) 

Key accountabilities, duties and expectations:

  • Ensure optimal usage of the health, fitness facilities by supporting daily operations and the departments’ strategy of engaging all students in physical activity.
  • Facilitate health and fitness appointment services ensuring all clients receive a qualified, courteous, and professional service at all times.
  • Support the University’s commitment to student and staff wellbeing along with nurturing positive mental health by ensuring inclusive access to health, fitness and studio facilities and services.

Personal Trainer

Role: Personal Trainer

Department: Health, Fitness and Studio

Line Manager/Contact: Jeni Dexter – j.dexter@kent.ac.uk 

Location: Sports Centre - Canterbury Campus

Qualifications or Experience required: Level 3 Personal Training Qualification/Certificate

Rate of Pay: Grade 7 (£22.55 per hour). PT Sessions are 60 mins long

Shift Times/Hours Available: All Hours - Availability required to match client requests 


Key accountabilities, duties and expectations:

  • To plan, demonstrate and prescribe effective and professional Personal Training sessions for a variety of clients
  • To understand multiple health and fitness objectives alongside contraindications and match exercise prescription accordingly
  • To support the promotion of the Personal Training service and complete supplementary administration as required

Studio Instructor

Role: Studio Instructor

Department: Health, Fitness and Studio

Line Manager/Contact: Jeni Dexter – j.dexter@kent.ac.uk 

Location: Sports Centre - Canterbury Campus

Qualifications or Experience required: Qualified Group Exercise Certificates essential 

Rate of Pay: Grade 6-8 dependant on Class Genre (£17.76-£26.04 per hour)

Shift Times/Hours Available: Between 1-4 classes per week with availability to cover absence. Lunchtimes / Evenings / Weekends as per current Timetable 


Key accountabilities, duties and expectations:

  • Plan, lead and deliver effective face-to-face Group Exercise classes for our student and staff membership cohort. 
  • Group Exercise sessions range from 30 minutes to 1 hour and from holistic to high intensity and energy formats.
  • We are specifically looking for certified Instructors with experience of teaching Yoga, Pilates, Dance genres, Les Mills and other franchised formats as well as those that have developed their own popular styles and formats.

Football Official

Role: Football Official

Department: Sports Development

Line Manager/Contact: Karen Drake – k.t.drake@kent.ac.uk   

Location: Sports Pavilion - Canterbury Campus

Qualifications or Experience required: Minimum Level 7 FA Officiating Qualification

Rate of Pay: Grade 5 (£14.72 per hour)

Shift Times/Hours Available: Wednesdays (1100 - 2200) and Saturdays (1200-1700)


Key accountabilities, duties and expectations:

  • Support the delivery of our competitive sports development programme of officiated football matches, aimed at increasing the number of students and staff participating in competitive football leagues and tournaments
  • Work with sports development to offer effective marketing communication with students and staff to promote and raise the profile of the football programme.
  • Support the University’s commitment to student and staff wellbeing along with nurturing positive mental health by ensuring inclusive access to Kent Sport facilities, services and programmes.

Volunteering and work experience

Kent Sport is a busy and diverse department that services and promotes many of the varied sporting and wellbeing activities on campus. University of Kent students can earn employability points for volunteering for a certain amount of time. Volunteering is currently only open to University of Kent students. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join us in a variety of roles, including:

  • Photography and videography
  • Blogging and social media
  • Graphic design

If you're interested in volunteering with Kent Sport, please email sportsenquiries@kent.ac.uk.

Work experience

Kent Sport supports students from partner schools and colleges by providing proactive and engaging work experience placements. We offer a vocational foundation within the sport and leisure industry in a unique environment at the University of Kent. If you are interested in work experience, please complete the form below and return it to sportsenquiries@kent.ac.uk.