Sport, Recreation and Exercise Science

Sport is a richly satisfying career, where you can make positive changes to people's lives.

As a qualified professional, you can share your passion for sport and exercise in a range of settings – coaching elite sports people, managing and coaching teams, building community fitness initiatives, or inspiring and empowering a variety of people to get active and healthy.

While sport and recreation today are big business, they have equal advantages in creating a healthy and confident society. These benefits can be seen across all areas of life from the psychological and emotional to the social and spiritual. Our philosophy is to use sport as the vehicle for professional, social and personal change in a supportive and applied learning environment.

Start dates

We offer a number of different start dates throughout the year.

Level 2 - 7: February and July.

Potential jobs
Job Average Salary>>
Recreation Co-ordinator (Senior Co-ordinators) $39K - $67K per year 
Outdoor Recreation Guide > 3 years experience  $46K - $58K per year
Sports Coach / Official  Varies on the sport and level coached
Personal Trainer  $25 - $35 per hour
Fitness Instructor  $16 - $25 per hour 

»Sourced from January 2018

Why choose MIT?

We have the latest sports science equipment and labs to train and test tomorrow's sports leaders. Our team of experienced staff has close links with the Counties Manukau community and regionally through teaching, coaching or their current/past sporting achievements. Our practical grassroots programmes have a strong industry focus, to equip you with the right skills for a rewarding career in sport, recreation, education, fitness or the outdoors.

As part of the School of Social Work and Sport, our continuous engagement and collaboration with our communities and industry ensures that our curriculum is current, and our students are prepared to start working in the sporting industry.

We pride ourselves on our encouraging environment, which will set you on a positive pathway. By studying with us you'll be personally challenged, learn the value of teamwork, become leaders of young people and see first-hand the impact of sport on community spirit.

We welcome anyone who loves being physically active, wants to teach and inspire others to be physically active and is looking for a career in an industry that affects peoples' lives for the better.