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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Sport Development)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Join the sport and exercise industry, one of New Zealand’s biggest sectors

Physical activity, active recreation and sport play important roles in the health, wellbeing and economy of our society. With Massey’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Sport Development) you’ll be prepared for the various roles sport development plays in the wider sport and physical activity sector.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise parent structure.

What is it like?

Sport development is multi-disciplinary and plays an important role in the initiation, support and promotion of sport and physical activity at the volunteer, club, regional and national organisational levels, from grassroots to the elite level. This major will prepare you for work in the varied and growing area of sport development by providing knowledge in topics such as sport organisational structure and function, event and facility management and sport coaching, along with sociological, performance and business issues linked to sport.

You will take a set of compulsory courses common to all the BSpEx majors, then select courses specific to sport development.

Real-world experience

Our strong connections with the sport sector, including a number of national and regional sport and recreation organisations, provide opportunities for you to gain valuable experience. You will apply your knowledge while placed at one of these organisations during your sport and exercise practicum.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to help develop and promote sport participation in the wider community
  • Want to be a part of one of New Zealand’s largest industries
  • See the potential for sport and physical activity to positively influence society
Aaron McLelland
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

“My degree has qualified my passion for sport into a prosperous profession in coaching, teaching, leading and managing sport teams.”

The decision to be educated at Massey provided the flexibility and individualised support that I sought, in order to achieve my personal and professional goals. I had autonomy in the course selection process within the framework of my qualification. I have been able to tailor my course load at different stages to achieve balance in meeting the demands of leading an active lifestyle.

During my time at Massey, I have been fortunate enough to have travelled and lived among different cultures in several different countries, all while playing high performance rugby and working. In the past five years I have been developing my coaching practice while concurrently studying.

I completed my degree remotely via distance study, while utilising several forms of technology for live streaming and information sharing. These platforms allowed me to collaborate with other students and develop a sense of student community. Massey has contributed a large sum of the theory which has shaped my coaching philosophy. Various playing and coaching experiences have complimented the theoretical underpinnings of the courses I have taken.

I have developed lasting professional relationships with my lecturers and professors. Those same professors have aided in supervising the professional pathway for completing my postgraduate qualification.

After completing my bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise I immediately continued with postgraduate study. The transition into a master’s programme at Massey was so streamlined that I was able to continue building on content from my undergraduate degree.


The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Sport Development) will equip you for work in the varied, and growing, world of sport development. Potential careers and fields of employment include:

  • community sports organisations
  • national sports organisations
  • sport coaching
  • physical activity/health promotion
  • Sport Coordinator
  • Sport Event Organiser
  • Sport Venue or Facility Coordinator
Associate Professor Andrew Foskett
Head of School, Exercise and Nutrition

The Sport Development major within the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise degree programme will prepare students for work in the varied and growing area of sport development. It provides both knowledge and practical experience in topics such as sport organisational structure and function, event and facility management, and sport coaching along with sociological, performance and business issues linked to sport.

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