Sports Leadership and Management
The Sports Leadership and Management major is one of five majors of the Bachelor Sport Coaching (BSpC) degree, which is a unique blend of practical application and theory that will immerse you in the sociology, science, theory, and practice of sport and sport coaching.
There is growing demand for people qualified to work in sport leadership and management in Aotearoa New Zealand. The 2013 Sport and Recreation Sector Workforce Survey found that in Aotearoa, up to 44,000 new staff will be required in the sector by 2026.
Students choosing this major will explore the principles and foundations of leadership and management, how they are applied in sport, and the influences of social, cultural, and economic forces.
- In addition to producing excellent sport coaches, the Bachelor of Sport Coaching programme prepares graduates for other careers within and outside sport.
- The degree is well respected nationally and internationally, and provides students with an excellent balance of sports theory and practice.
- The major blends courses specifically focused on sports leadership and sociological contexts with courses from Te Kura Umanga | UC School of Business.
- Students undertake a 120-hour internship to learn exemplary management of successful sports teams and athletes eg, with Sport Canterbury, to further build on their leadership capabilities and gain real-world industry-based skills.
- This major provides postgraduate pathways to options in either sport or business management.
- Graduates from this major are also able to pursue a teaching career in physical education or in other subjects through the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary), the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary), and the Master of Teaching and Learning.
- All Sport Coaching courses are open to students from other degrees, and BSpC students can also study towards a double degree at UC.
UC offers a major in Sports Leadership and Management as part of the Bachelor of Sport Coaching.
Sports Leadership and Management major
Students complete these courses throughout their degree for the Sports Leadership and Management major:
Plus at least one of:
In the case of a double major in Sports Leadership and Management and Performance Analysis, where the course SPCO 210 is common to both majors, an additional course in either SPCO 223 Applied Sport Psychology or SPCO 224 Sport Management is required.
The BSpC degree gives students a strong grounding in transferable career skills which are highly valued in the workforce, including leadership, communication, motivation, and teamwork.
With the rapid growth of the BSpC, there are exciting opportunities across a variety of disciplines, as the professional and community sports sector expands.
The Sport Leadership and Management major provides career opportunities for graduates range from include coaching and working in schools and community youth sport, to professional coaching in Aotearoa and internationally. Examples include sports coaches, athlete development coaches for major sports, sport coordinators, directors of sport, community sport advisors, and regional facilities advisors.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Sport Coaching.
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