Relatively few people are professionals paid for competing in team sports. These are mainly in football, cricket, basketball, rugby, ice hockey and hockey.
A lot of time is spent keeping fit, building strength and stamina by exercising, running and gym work and training with the team. The players may receive special treatments from physiotherapists - such as massage or heat treatment - if they have injuries.
Some clubs have several teams and players may belong to the first or second team or be reserves, filling in for injured players.
Most sportspersons have a full-time or part-time job to supplement their income, and many also coach or instruct in their sport.
Team sportspersons usually attend practices/training during the week and play in matches at weekends and bank holidays or on weekday evenings.
Most sportsmen/women are self-employed in their sporting capacities. Some have one-year contracts and may change employers regularly. Footballers may be put on the transfer list, which may involve relocation.
A lot of time can be spent travelling to matches.
Sportspeople play indoors or outdoors in a variety of weather conditions depending on the sport.
To be a team sportsperson you should:
Professional opportunities are available in football, cricket, basketball, rugby, ice hockey, and hockey.
Many clubs have a limited number of players comprising a first team and a couple of substitutes. Most players work on a renewable contract basis. Some are self-employed. Players may begin their careers as unpaid amateurs.
Advancement in team sports is often through securing a regular first team place and then being selected for national teams. There may be opportunities to play abroad.
Because playing careers are often short some players develop contacts outside their sport, such as in business, so that they have opportunities when they retire from active sport. Some move into coaching, team management, outdoor pursuits, journalism, sports clothing design or sports centre work.
If you would like to know anything about Team Sportsman that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Tel: 0845 850 8508
Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)
Coach Lane Sports Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 215 6567
Scottish Football Association