Although not specifically tailored for the sports and recreation sector, there are plenty of short management courses that can prepare a student for that component of a sports management role.
VET path ways, such as the Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management, teach the general principles and practical skills of management – how to develop and implement a business plan, manage finances and develop and implement marketing plans – as well as apply them to a sporting and recreation context. Vocational courses often combine classroom- based learning with a practical industry component.
Some universities offer specific degrees, such as a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management but in most cases, a student will opt for a business degree then specialise in that area. For example, they might study a Bachelor of Business (Sport and Recreation management), which requires three years of full-time study. Sport management is also offered as a major within a Master of Business.
At university, a degree costs about $10,000 a year. With vocational trainers, a diploma costs about $12,000 total.