Diploma on

Recreational Sport & Leisure Management

This Program teaches about the management and organisation of the wide range of sport, recreation and leisure activities, and managing and leading sport and leisure centres and clubs. It explains duties and responsibilities towards individuals and groups of all levels, how to provide sport and recreation services professionally and safely, and the Program teaches about sport and fitness programs, exercise and health.

The design of this new Program is two-fold:

* It provides professional training for owners and managerial staff of organizations providing recreational sport and leisure facilities, including coaches, trainers and fitness/leisure personnel. Whether a facility is in the public sector, in the commercial sector, or is not-for-profit or voluntary, proficient management is vital for the enjoyment and safety of users, as well as to earn sufficient revenue to ensure its continuation.

* Uniquely, it covers the recruitment, training and supervision of sport and leisure personnel to ensure customer satisfaction, and to maintain excellent relations with - and ongoing sales to - existing and potential customers, sponsors and event organisers.


(1) Anybody enrolling for this Programme before 31st December 2024 will also be enrolled FREE for a Course on Strategy, Quality & Contemporary Business Concerns; the only requirement is that you provide your personal email address to the College on enrolment.

(2) For the month of May 2024 ONLY, CIC is offering a special 25% Fee reduction for this interesting Program.  Fees will therefore be reduced to: a single payment of GB£150 or US$300 or Euro 225 (instead of the usual fee of GB£200 or US$400 or Euro 300) OR 3 instalments each of GB£67 or US$135 or Euro 101 (instead of the usual instalment fee of 3 payments of GB£90 or US$180 or Euro 135).  Try to take advantage of this special reduced-fee offer if you can - it is for enrolments in May 2024 only.

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Module 1: History and Overview of Sport

  • Introductions to leisure, recreation and sports; leisure as time, as activity, as state of mind. 
  • Categorisation and classifications of sport; active and passive sport, recreational, competitive and elite sports, indoor and outdoor activities. 
  • Motivations for engaging in sport.  
  • Sport management and administration; sport as an industry; making careers in sport management


Module 2: Personnel in Sport and Leisure

  • Management responsibilities in sport/leisure, sport management and sport administration, business responsibilities.
  • Human resource and people management: recruiting, training, supervising, controlling a team of staff.   
  • Duties of an athletic director, ancillary and medical staff. 
  • Sport coaches: teaching skills, tactics and techniques; coaches: attracting individuals to a sport or program.


Module 3: Recreational Sport & Fitness Programs

  • Competitive and recreational sport; structure and components of sport/fitness programs; athletic abilities required in most sports.
  • Sport form: stages and progression; early specialisation, developmental needs, athletic development.
  • Activities by age, grade/year  level; and for early, middle, late adulthood.  
  • Co-operative games, group challenges, program challenges.


Module 4: Designing Recreational Sport/Fitness Programs

  • Programming to meet needs of participants; reasons for selecting one program over another; stages in developing a program
  • Periodised programs: macrocycles, mesocycles, microcycles; interval training.
  • Homeostasis: bodily responses to exercise: generation of energy, disposal of heat and carbon dioxide, respiratory rate, heart rate, pulse rate, hydration.
  • Warm-ups and cool-downs. 


Module 5: Motor Abilities & Motor Skills

  • Uniqueness of every program participant; programs for children and youths. 
  • Motor abilities and motor skills; skill task analysis; closed and open skills, gross and fine skills; basic and complex skills.
  • Static and dynamic balance, external and internal timing, self-paced and externally paced skills; mental skills, tactical abilities. 
  • Nutrition: calories, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins.


Module 6: Exercise, Training and Workouts

  • Aerobic (cardio) exercise; anaerobic exercise; combined exercises; endurance building.
  • Agility training, stretching and flexibility; resistance training, yoga, aqua aerobics. 
  • Dangers of not exercising; overcoming excuses for not exercising; overcoming obesity, weight management. 
  • Types of exercises: general, specific, simple, complex, competition, simulated competition.


Module 7: Safety and Accident Prevention

  • Hazards and risks, probability, risk levels; risk assessments; duty of care; risks in physical activity. 
  • Muscular strength and endurance; protective gear; accident and injury preventive measures.
  • Common sport/physical activity injuries and treatments; RICE and PRICE methods of treatment.   
  • First aid and first aiders, defibrillation: uses, AEDs, diet; sport psychology.


Module 8: Organizations and Management

  • Sectors of the sport and leisure industry sectors: commercial, public, voluntary. 
  • Policies, objectives; the functions of management: planning, organising, co-ordinating, directing & controlling, staffing. 
  • Organizations: internal and external environment, culture: values, assumptions and beliefs.
  • Organizational structures: charts; communication. 


Module 9: Leadership & Styles of Leadership   

  • Management and leadership; task-oriented and relationship-oriented leaders.
  • Styles of leadership: paternalistic, autocratic, democratic, participative, controller, coaching, bureaucratic, laissez-faire.
  • Situational leadership: adaptive, flexibility, adaptability, spans of control. 
  • Workgroups, teamwork, building an effective team; supervision, delegation, volunteers.


Module 10: Facility Management

  • Ranges of amenities, indoors and outdoors; facility structure and organization, ownership and governance. 
  • Facility operations management: duties and responsibilities of facility managers. 
  • Maintenance of buildings, equipment, apparatus, housekeeping, janitorial and custodial services, staffing, supervision.
  • Merchandising; reception, the customer service desk; improving access for all: doors, lifts, WCs.


Module 11: Management of Human Resource

  • The management hierarchy: executive, administrative, supervisory, general staff, volunteers.  
  • Recruitment: job analysis, job descriptions, employee specifications, interviews, selection, welfare, retaining personnel.
  • Induction-orientation: environmental and on-the-job training. 
  • Remuneration and benefits, job rotation, promotion, equal opportunity, health & safety training, motivation.


Module 12: Sales, Sponsors and Events, Accounting

  • Increasing membership and income; spending subsidies wisely; financial management.
  • Marketing mix promotional devices: advertising, personal selling, point of sale, sales promotion, public relations. 
  • Reasons for staging events; sport and leisure event production, event logistics. 
  • Finding sponsors for events; benefits to both parties of sponsorship; corporate hospitality. 


 Your CIC Fee includes:-

  • Your enrolment/registration with Cambridge International College, and your own high-quality, professionally produced and illustrated comprehensive International CIC Study & Training Publications.
  • A detailed, professional ‘Study & Training Guide’ with full instructions on how to study to achieve success and gain top results.  The Guide includes detailed advice on how to answer Self-Assessment Tests, Training Tests and Examinations.
  • Self-Assessment Tests and Recommended Answers for them, and a Progress Chart.
  • Two Progress/Training Tests (which can be used as ‘Past Papers/Questions’) with an optional Tutorial Support Service.
  • The Final Examination** sat under Invigilation/Supervision in your own area - full details, guidance and explanation of how your Examination will be arranged and how Invigilation is conducted will be provided when you register.  Note, CIC arranges Examinations in over a hundred countries worldwide for thousands of Members every year; it is a flexible, straightforward process and will be arranged when YOU are ready to write your Examination.  **An Assignment Option is available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period. 
  • The prestigious Cambridge International College Diploma on successful completion of your Study & Training and on passing the Final Examination.
  • Your personal page on CIC’s Member Services website with access to results, despatch details, advice and guidance, and more: www.cambridgeinternationalcollege.co.uk
  • Regular information and news including: Newsletters with details of special offers and new Programs and much more; and Competition Forms; by email and post.

Everything needed for your Study & Training success is included in the CIC Fee.


  • Further Study and Training Advice, and Assistance is available before, during and after CIC Study & Training; Members may ask CIC’s team of experienced Consultants for advice on further study and Programmes to improve career prospects and advancement. 
  • CIC’s experienced and helpful staff can assist with numerous special requests, such as reference/recommendation letters and transcripts, and more, by post and email.

The Program is ideal for anyone who wishes to develop a successful career in the sport and leisure industry; for coaches, trainers, teachers, sports science personnel; for club and centre managers, owners and staff; and for careers in fitness, health and sport recreation.

It can also be an excellent platform for further study in management and related subjects at Honours DiplomasABA, Baccalaureate and EBA Programme levels, both with the College and with other providers.

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Payment Options:

British Pounds:
Single payment of £150
Or 3 monthly payments of £67
US Dollars:
Single payment of $300
Or 3 monthly payments of $135
Single payment of €225
Or 3 monthly payments of €101
Fee payment methods

Duration & Assessments

The Study Period is one year (12 months) but this is flexible; the Diploma can be completed in a shorter period, or you can take longer if necessary.


To gain your Diploma you need to sit and pass an Examination** (based entirely upon the contents of the Study Materials provided to you in your Program Fee). Full and clear details about preparing for and sitting the Exam are provided to you, including in your Study & Training Guide, when you enrol. The clear information explains when, where and how your Examination will be arranged - it is a simple and straightforward process, which hundreds of thousands of other Members have successfully gone through. If you study well and follow the advice in the CIC Study & Training Guide you should be able to achieve high marks and good grades - and obtain your prestigious International Diploma!

**An Assignment Option is available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period.

(See the College Prospectus, or the “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the “Contact Us” page of this website, if you would like more information.)


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