Record interest in Sport Coaching as a career

16 March 2016

The UC Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree has seen record growth, with enrolments increasing by 125 per cent.

Record interest in Sport Coaching as a career

The University of Canterbury's Sport Coaching degree programme coordinator, Dr Jenny Clarke, attributes the degree's 125% growth to the new endorsements and professional accreditation students can gain, as well as final-year internships in professional sporting workplaces.

With the University of Canterbury celebrating increased enrolments among school leavers and new-to-university students, the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree has seen record growth, with enrolments increasing by 125 per cent, compared to the same time in 2015.

Sport Coaching degree programme coordinator Dr Jenny Clarke attributes part of this growth to the new endorsements and professional accreditation students can gain, as well as final-year internships in professional sporting workplaces.

The degree offers endorsements in Leadership, Performance Analysis, Strength and Conditioning and Māori Health and Wellbeing.

“Performance Analysis students can gain accreditation through the International Society of Performance Analysis in Sport and the opportunity to sit Sportstec analysis accreditation. Sportstec’s software is an industry standard, providing performance analysis support to thousands of international professional sporting organisations including English Premiership football teams, NBL franchises in the United States, and our own Crusaders rugby team.

“UC also hosts the internationally recognised Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam,” Dr Clarke says.

In addition to the sport science endorsements, students prepare for careers as managers, leaders in business and teachers through the Leadership endorsement.

“Many students choose double endorsements, gaining leadership skills while training to also deliver quality Strength and Conditioning support to athletes and teams.”

The Bachelor of Sport Coaching (BSpC) is the only specialist sport coaching degree in New Zealand. With options for flexible learning, endorsements and internships, this qualification can cater for a wide variety of students. Using sport coaching as the context, UC students gain key skills employers are looking for, not just in sport and related fields but everything from communications to corporate management. BSpC students learn skills such as leadership, accountability, communication and teamwork and knowledge of motivation and psychology.

Dr Jenny Clarke sport news:

Dr Jenny Clarke is a world champion croquet player who will fly to Florida in April to represent New Zealand in the 2016 Association Croquet World Championship.

Dr Clarke will also play in the World Team Championships in London in May, aiming to improve on the New Zealand team’s second placing in 2012.

For further information please contact:

Dr Jenny Clarke, Programme Coordinator Bachelor of Sport Coaching, University of Canterbury, Phone: (03) 345 8329, jenny.clarke@canterbury.ac.nz 

or
Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor , University of Canterbury, Phone: (03) 364 2775, margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz


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