The Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity is flexible, practical and provides you with the knowledge and skills in a range of different areas within the sports industry. There is a lot of scope within the degree to choose your career path and align the practical experiences you’ll have during your studies with that career path. The role I hold today at the SANFL came to fruition through the connections I made during my placement.
The Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity provides a broad academic pathway that can lead to opportunities from health through to business management. I initially wanted to learn about the human body and I knew I wanted a career in promotion of physical activity, although little did I know the degree would push me to pursue the business aspects of sport. Since graduating I have worked in the not for profit sector as a Sport Development Administrator, working with a range of athletes from novice to elite.
Studying the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity I gained a diverse range of skills - everything from nutrition to human resource management and event management. I also enjoyed a range of exciting experiences, including a four week trip to India where I worked with AFL India to deliver sessions in remote communities, and delivered a school sports carnival for 300 primary school students through my placement with Basketball SA. Working on events in a large team environment is always a challenge but it proved a great opportunity to work with external stakeholders and put all the theory into practice.
I chose to study at Flinders because many of my teachers whom I idolised were Flinders graduates. I enjoyed amazing experiences studying outdoor education; a full day bushwalk at Kuitpo Forest, rock climbing at Morialta and a three day expedition at Deep Creek. Flinders teachers are high calibre and the teaching is industry relevant. The long-standing relationships Flinders has with schools has created many opportunities for pre-service teachers. The Flinders University Sports program has fuelled me with an excitement to teach students the value of physical activity, which extends far beyond the sporting arena.