Sport is growth sector

The sport and fitness industry will play a vital role in reducing the level of youth unemployment in South Yorkshire according to the industry’s skills body SkillsActive.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed youth unemployment had risen for the first time since last summer.Jean-Ann Marnoch, of SkillsActive, said interest for jobs in the sector increased after the Olympics,

“Despite the challenges facing the economy in South Yorkshire, the sport and active leisure industry is experiencing growth as people try to step up healthy lifestyles.

“The take-up of personal trainers is increasing 15 per cent year on year. Much of the job creation is going to be among the 16-24 age group who make up 30 per cent of the workforce in the sector,” she predicted.