Sports Science and Player Management

Many people go into sports hoping to work in sports science or to get directly involved with the players.

What the sector is like

Sports Science and Performance Sport offer exciting opportunities to involve yourself directly with sportspeople and contribute towards shaping their careers and successes.

These roles tend to be highly competitive and difficult to access. There are a few facilities that offer this kind of work. However, as with most other sports sectors, a strong background in voluntary experience will be expected.

Sports Science

There are a few key Sports Science employers in Edinburgh:

  • Oriam - Scotland's Sports Performance Centre - sometimes offers internships
  • The UoE Centre for Sports and Exercise - offers roles in Performance Sport and strength and conditioning
  • Larger sports governing bodies like Scottish Football and Scottish Rugby

There can be some crossover between roles in this sector.

Andrew Lombard, Head Sports Scientist at Oriam, talks about his background and his work with Hearts Football Club:



Many of these organisations are now making an effort to expand their internship offerings and tend more towards paid positions, however it'll likely be a long time before you can guarantee yourself a position like this without a basis of unpaid work.

Sports Performance & Player Management

This role involves  direct work with players but in more of a pastoral role. Sports Performance Coordinator, Katrina Bass, talks about her work:



The Centre for Sports and Exercise at University of Edinburgh sometimes advertises internships in performance sport and sport psychology. 

Centre for Sports and Exercise student employment opportunities