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Sport and Recreation Management

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Sport and Recreation Management

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants: Waiting list

International Applicants with a Valid Study Permit: Waiting list

Other International Applicants: Closed

The diploma in Sport and Recreation Management prepares students for a career in community development, recreation programming, facility management, athletic administration, and similar employment opportunities. Courses in community development, sport event tourism, sport marketing, public relations, entrepreneurship, leadership, and sport facility management prepare students for a career on the business side of the recreation industry. Students also gain valuable industry experience through a 150-hour internship.

Graduates will have the skills necessary to assist with the planning and delivery of recreation programs, supervise and schedule sport leagues and work collaboratively with senior sport and recreation management teams.


Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the various facets of managing and organizing sports and recreation departments, programs, and events.
  2. Contribute to the development of sustainable and responsible sport and recreation programs, events, and services using current and relevant principles and practices of business, finance, and social entrepreneurship.
  3. Support the analysis, development, and implementation of strategies to reach diverse individuals, groups, and communities for programs, events, services, and facilities using current communication technologies.
  4. Support the application of community development strategies to engage citizens and community partners.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills to practical applications.
  6. Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to analyze problems and develop evidence-based solutions.
  7. Demonstrate professionalism, communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  8. Support the development of staff and volunteers involved with programs, events, and services.
  9. Identify safety and accessibility practices needed to efficiently operate and administer sport and recreation facilities and settings.
  10. Apply administrative and customer service skills to support the delivery of sports and recreation programs, events, and services.

This program is located in the Charlottetown Centre. Take a virtual tour.


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
University of New Brunswick - Fredericton, Bachelor of Recreation and Sport Studies Graduates receive up to 60 credits toward a Bachelor of Recreation and Sport Studies in Kinesiology.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above general level
  • Résumé of work and volunteer experience


  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check
    Before participating in internship portions of the program, individual internship sites may require a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.
  • Don’t have the courses you need to get into this program? Upgrade, earn high school credits, or get your high school equivalency credential in Adult Ed. It’s free!
  • If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

2024/2025 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

Fees are Course Based

1st Year



Tuition $4,550 $10,550
Fees $1,063 $1,813
Other Costs $660 $660
Total $6,273 $13,023

2nd Year



Tuition $4,550 $9,650
Fees $928 $1,678
Other Costs $500 $500
Total $5,978 $11,828

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $4,550  $4,550
Lab Fee $335 $100
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $470 $470
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Graduation Fee $100
    Total payable to Holland College $5,613 $5,478
1st installment due first day of first semester $3,078 $3,103
2nd installment due first day of second semester $2,535 $2,375

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $660 $500
     Total $660 $500
Grand Total $6,273 $5,978


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $10,550 $9,650
Lab Fee $335 $100
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $1,220 $1,220
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Graduation Fee $100
     Total payable to Holland College $12,363  $11,328
1st installment due first day of first semester $9,828 $8,953
2nd installment due first day of second semester $2,535 $2,375

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $660 $500
     Total $660 $500
Grand Total $13,023 $11,828

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Event manager
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Outdoor activities/education manager
  • Sports administrator/coordinator
  • Municipal recreation


Many Holland College programs have degree pathway agreements with other post-secondary institutions. You can receive credit for your Holland College diploma toward a university degree or other post-graduate credential, saving you time and money! Find out more on the Degree Pathways page.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:ACCT-1001

Financial Accounting I Part 1

Gain an understanding of the accounting cycle and the use of accounting as an information system. Explore basic financial accounting theory and learn to analyze business transactions and the accounts affected by these transactions. Develop accounting skills by using the rules of debit and credit, journalizing business transactions, posting transactions, and completing financial statements.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:BUSI-1000

Business Law

Explore the basic legal concepts and principles that govern personal and business relationships in Canada. Students examine legal concepts such as; negligence, formation and enforcement of contracts, professional misconduct and liability, personal property and real estate, negotiable instruments, employment law, and debtor/creditor law.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:BUSI-1143

Managing Human Resources

Successful completion of this course will equip students with a foundation of basic leadership skills. A special focus is placed on skills which relate to communication, teamwork, management functions, styles of leadership, motivation, staffing, training, delegating, and performance assessments.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:BUSI-2050


Entrepreneurship education is the process of providing individuals with the concepts and skills to recognize opportunities that others have overlooked, and to have the insight and self-esteem to act where others have hesitated. This course includes instruction in opportunity recognition, obtaining resources, and initiating a business venture. It also provides instruction in business management processes such as business planning, capital development, marketing, and financial analysis. Students will have the opportunity to summarize much of what they have learned by researching and completing a business plan for a specific enterprise.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:CDEV-2260

Community Development

Community development represents a type of service approach that is highly dependent on citizen participation. Community development aims to empower both individuals and local communities through involvement, education, skill development, and proposed changes in existing conditions. In this course, students develop essential practitioner skills such as research and planning, education, group development, facilitation and advocacy.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMM-1010

Written Communications

Review and practice English grammar. Develop the ability to convey thoughts clearly and concisely, building professional written communications skills for a variety of workplace settings.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore digital environments with practical applications for various workplaces and educational institutions. The main areas of focus include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, email and other electronic communication tools, various digital environments, and industry-specific applications.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:HOSP-1101

Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality

Explore the evolution of the tourism industry in Canada and the variety of career opportunities available today. Learn the sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry and discover how they interact and contribute to economic growth.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MKTG-1000


Learn the fundamentals of marketing and the major environmental factors influencing today's marketing environment. Discover how individual consumers, industrial and organizational buyers reach their purchase decisions. Develop an understanding of target marketing and examine the elements of the marketing mix.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MKTG-2241

Public and Media Relations

Students explore public relations theory and practice including how public relations operate in organizations, its impact on the public, and its function in society. Professional development of the field; concepts, issues, and principles in the practice; and models and theories guiding the practice are also explored. Students apply course materials to public relations program planning and management by working on a variety of public relations projects.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MKTG-2244

Marketing for Sport and Recreation

Recreation and leisure services compete with limited resources. The more creative a recreation marketer is, the more successful their services may be. This course places focus on the promotion of sport and recreation products, services, and events. Students can expect to develop a marketing plan while examining topics such as marketing intelligence, the target market, and issues related to the development of a marketing mix.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:NCPR-1015

Professional Internship Preparation

Internship is the cooperative educational component of the program in which students are required to complete a work term in the industry. Prior to beginning an internship placement, there are a number of activites and requirements that should be addressed in order to prepare both students and host sites. This course is intended to explore those activities, ensuring a smooth and positive experience for all parties involved in this mutually beneficial activity.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:NCPR-1120

Aboriginal Coaching Certificate

This NCCP coaching certification contains a national curriculum with content that reflects the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture, values, and lifestyles. The training includes three modules 1. a holistic approach to coaching 2. dealing with racism in sport and 3. individual and community health and wellness.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:NCPR-2020

Professional Internship

Internship is the cooperative educational component of the program in which students are required to complete a work term in the industry. This internship placement provides students with the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned, to acquire new skills, and to gain first hand experiences in the industry. Internship is a cooperative relationship between the industry placement, the student, and the program where all parties derive benefits.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:RECR-1110

Introduction to Leisure, Recreation and Sport

As future professionals in this dynamic field, familiarity with the concepts, philosophical underpinnings, history, and the societal context of leisure, recreation and sport is key. In this course, students examine the role of public, private, and volunteer sectors in the delivery of leisure services. An understanding of the benefits of physical activity and sport are important aspects of this course.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:RECR-1114

Sport and Recreation Program Design

A key component within the leisure industry is the design and implementation of relevant programs in various settings. In this course, students examine the program development cycle and illustrate its application Further, students explore the phenomena of leisure, how humans engage and experience leisure, and how to facilitate an individual's experience of leisure.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:RECR-1121

Introduction to Sport and Recreation Programming

Explore how individuals experience leisure and examine the necessary steps to plan and create quality leisure experiences. Review leadership styles, strategies for managing participant behaviour, and explore different types of recreation activities. Learn the key elements of risk management to create safe sport and recreation activities. Examine activity development differences for various stages in the life cylce and plan activities based on various needs.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:RECR-1144

Sport Administration

Sport administration requires excellent administration and management skills, as well as specific attention to issues that are unique to sport. In this course, students develop familiarity with the structure of the international and national sport community as well as strong comprehension of the provincial sport system. Trends, and the role of sport in modern society, are reviewed, as well as the competitive path to achievement in sport.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:RECR-1149


With focus placed on recreation, sport, and community, this course is designed to help students reflect on leadership theories and skills both personally and when working with others. Personal management skills and perspectives for enhancing communication, proactive thinking, and conflict resolution are explored, with particular attention given to leadership as it relates to group dynamics.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:RECR-2240

Adapted Recreation Programming

This course introduces the fundamentals of recreation and sport service/provision for persons with a disability. Course activities include topics such as assessment, individualized programming, and coordination of related resources/services to provide optimal experiences for youth and adults with a disability.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:RECR-2243

Sport Facility Management

Gain an understanding of the requirements for managing a sport and fitness facility. Learn organization structure, staffing, daily operations, facility planning and facility design.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:RECR-2253

Sport and Event Tourism

Examine the impacts of sport and special event tourism on the economy and on society. Discover the components required for creating an event and learn how to develop an event from conception to delivery.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:RECR-2390

Management of Parks and Recreation Agencies

Learn the adminstrative tasks associated with public recreation services such as contracting services, finances, budgeting, working with elected officals and committees, legal authority and jurisdiction, fund development, feasability studies, and master planning. Students will learn about growth and change in the park and recreation industry as well as the issues and challenges faced by managers in the public sector.

Credit Value:3

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The Sport and Recreation faculty are highly skilled, knowledgeable, and helpful and supportive. We were immersed in our learnings and other activities such as volunteering with the Hurricanes, assisting the Student Union and helping outside organizations with events.

Lily, Class of 2021



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