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New Sport and Recreation Management certificate at VCC

Posted on September 9, 2015

News-Sports-Rec-300Sport and recreation is big business in Canada, offering a wide array of opportunities, especially to those with the right combination of passion and training. Whether you dream of working with a professional team, coordinating community programs, operating a fitness centre or even marketing world-class Vancouver events like the FIFA Women’s World Cup or the Olympic Winter Games, a good foundation in the business of sport and recreation will ensure that you put your best foot forward.

VCC’s new part-time Sport and Recreation Management Certificate program, launching mid-September, has been designed through a needs-based analysis with industry professionals, including employees of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. “We asked industry employers what characteristics they would look for when hiring, then designed the curriculum around those needs,” says program coordinator Jennifer Gossen.

The new curriculum highlights the unique business of sport at all levels, including the study of organizational structures, governance and career opportunities in local, provincial, national and international sport and recreation associations, all while instilling values of leadership, diversity, community and personal and professional development.

We also know it’s just wrong to keep athletes behind a desk! That’s why, in addition to lectures, presentations and discussions, VCC’s sport and recreation management students will participate in interactive activities and practical exercises, offering the opportunity to learn by doing. This includes a comprehensive practicum experience in a sports sector business or organization.

If you’re ready to be a leader in the promotion of health, teamwork and physical activity in your community, all while building a career in one of our country’s proudest, most diverse and exciting industries, register now for VCC’s new Sport and Recreation Management Certificate program.


Have more questions? Contact Jennifer Gossen, program coordinator, at 604.871.7000 x 8670 or, or attend an upcoming program information session.