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Sport Development and Coaching

The Sport Development and Coaching major is based on an innovative combination of pedagogical and sociological studies of sport and active recreation.

Students in this major will have the opportunity to develop skills and understandings that will support them to enhance sport, recreation, and physical activities for diverse groups and individuals in the community. The transferable knowledge and skills developed through this major will ensure graduates have the capability to lead across any sector that involves people moving.

Students will benefit from the industry partnerships that we have, both locally and nationally, with organisations such as: Sport New Zealand, The International Olympic Committee, Sport Waikato, the Avantidrome, The Waikato Institute of Sport and Leisure Studies, Brian Perry Charitable Trust, The Lowie Foundation, and sports clubs/franchises in the greater Waikato and Bay of Plenty region. A Sport Development and Coaching major prepares you for a range of possible careers, which involve policy leadership, sport governance, teaching, coaching, leading, organising, facilitating or managing sport and active recreation.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Study Sport Development and Coaching in these qualifications

Sport Development and Coaching as a specialisation of

Study in Tauranga

From 2019, a selection of papers in Sport Development and Coaching (and other Health, Sport, and Human Performance subjects) will be available in Tauranga.


Prescriptions for the GradCert(SDC) and GradDip(SDC)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Sport Development and Coaching at an advanced level in their first degree. To complete the Graduate Diploma, students must take a total of 120 points including at least 75 points at 300 level or above in Sport Development and Coaching. Programmes of study are planned according to interests and prior academic background and experience, and intending candidates should therefore consult the Chairperson of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE101Understanding Hauora, Health and Wellbeing19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper examines a social determinants approach to Health. It includes exploration of a range of interactions that influence the health of populations and determinants of health in New Zealand and global contexts.
DANCE101Dance, Movement and Culture19B (Hamilton)
This paper provides practical experience with different forms of dance, an introduction to choreography, and a critical examination of how dance is influenced by societal and cultural issues.
HMDEV100Lifespan Development19A (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19B (Tauranga)
HMDEV100 focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
HPSCI101Introduction to Human Performance Science19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper will provide an introduction to Human Performance Science.
HSHUP102The Fundamentals of Coaching and Instruction19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper develops an introductory working knowledge of coaching and instructing including communication and management strategies, and how to create environments that support the diverse learning needs of individuals and groups.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi19A (Tauranga) & 19B (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.
SDCOA101Sport, Culture and Development: Trends and Issues19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19B (Tauranga)
In this paper students will gain an introduction to sociological understandings of sport and movement cultures. They will develop new ways of critically thinking about the important role sport plays in contemporary society, including the economy, politics, tourism, the media, and our sense of identity, belonging and community. Stud...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HSHUP201Psychology of Health, Sport and Human Performance19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
This paper addresses key psychological aspects of health, sport and human performance. Select psychological concepts are covered to develop knowledge, understanding and skills important to a broad range of career and leadership pathways within and beyond sport, health and exercise. Topics will include confidence and motivation, go...
MAORI204Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Health and Wellbeing19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper looks at health and wellbeing from Maori and Indigenous perspectives, including models and frameworks in relation to Health, Sport, Human Performance and Indigenous communities.
SDCOA201Sport and Community Development: Identity, Culture and Society19A (Hamilton)
In this paper students will develop critical understandings of how sport is used for the purposes of health, wellbeing and social development within local, national and international communities. Students will be introduced to more advanced key concepts and theories within sociology of sport and development studies, adding in conce...
SDCOA202Negotiating Sport Development and Coaching Contexts19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
Sport development and coaching occurs in complex and dynamic interpersonal, physical and organisational environments. This paper introduces and develops knowledge and skills to negotiate effective partnerships for learning in the coaching and instructing nexus.
SDCOA203Coaching for Learning19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper advances practices integral to learner/athlete centred coaching, facilitation and instruction in an array of sport and recreation settings.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HSHUP301Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 119A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19C (Online)
This paper fulfills The University of Waikato's requirement for all students to engage with the wider community in a work-related or voluntary setting. This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work-related settings relevant to the fields of health, sport and human performance. This p...
HSHUP390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online), 19S (Hamilton) & 19S (Online)
This paper allows you to work independently under the supervision of a staff member to conduct an investigation on a topic of your choice.
SDCOA301Contemporary Issues in Sport Development in Local and Global Contexts19A (Hamilton)
In this paper students will develop critical understandings of how sport is used for the purposes of health, wellbeing and social development within local, national and international communities. Students will interrogate through a social justice lens, contemporary issues in these communities and the key themes running through thes...
SDCOA302Sport for Social Justice: Leading Sport for a Better World19A (Hamilton)
In this paper students will develop critical understandings and skill sets to engage with critical issues of social justice as it aligns with sporting practices. From global and local, transnational and national examples, students will learn about these issues of social justice, and some of the strategies sportspeople, coaches, NGO...
SDCOA303Sport, Media and Communication19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
This paper expands students' critical sociocultural understanding of the media. Students will develop knowledge of the production and consumption of various forms of media (including social media), and have the opportunity to develop skills in critical media analysis and production.
SDCOA304Analysing Coaching for Learning19B (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines the instructional strategies and practices adopted to promote effective instruction in selected settings. A range of technologies to support the analysis and reflection process are utilised. Students will have the opportunity to apply these in a broad range of coaching and instructional settings.


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Students who major in Sport Development and Coaching as part of the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance often pursue further study at masters or doctorate level to enhance their understanding of a specialised area within the sport and leisure industry. Our researchers have strong links with the industry and other researchers nationally and internationally.


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