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Recreation, Sports and Leisure

Available as a two-year program

Our busy days are often highly scheduled, making it essential that quality wellness and recreation services are available within our community. Recreation and sport professionals help build healthy communities and develop programs for individuals of all ages.

Please note: Upon successful program completion, students will receive an Ontario College Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services – Sports.

  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services – Sports

  • Start Date

    September entry

  • Location
    • Belleville campus

Find your career

This program prepares students for leadership positions in sports and recreation programs. Train to:

  • Design recreational initiatives for community recreation centres, fitness clubs, seniors’ facilities, college and university athletic departments, community associations such as the YMCA, service clubs, corporate fitness programs, tourist resorts and cruise ships.
  • Manage indoor and outdoor recreation, sports and fitness facilities or start your own business.
  • Graduates may obtain industry-recognized High Five certification in leadership and coaching required to work with day camps and children's programs.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Assistant Program Coordinator, Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre
  • Community Development Coordinator, Batawa Development Corporation
  • Activity Director, The Carrington Retirement Residence
  • Recreation Coordinator, Tyendinaga Township
  • VP Business Operations, Canadian Ski Patrol

Is it for you?

Do you enjoy being active? Is your enthusiasm contagious? This is a great program for people who:

  • Are outgoing and like working with the public
  • Have energy to burn
  • Possess keen observational skills
  • Are good motivators

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Experiential learning

This hands-on program produces recreation and sport professionals with the skills and knowledge to help people of all ages and abilities combine wellness and physical activity in their daily lives:

  • Engage in outdoor recreation activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, slacklining and skiing.
  • Work directly with children and youth with a variety of exceptionalities and abilities within an adaptive recreation setting.  
  • Prepare for self-employment through an independent research project in the final semester. Design an original program or business that can be showcased to employers and investors upon graduation.
  • Pursue opportunities to complete aquatic and outdoor recreation qualifications.
  • Gain important public relations, marketing, financial, and research and proposal writing skills.
  • Hear from industry professional guest speakers in recreation and outdoor education.
  • Gain 320 hours of on-the-job experience in two field placements within a variety of settings: municipal health and wellness centres, military recreation, resort destinations, outdoor education centres, retirement and therapeutic recreation facilities, and international programs

Expand your opportunities with a dual diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion

  • A common first-year curriculum allows a seamless transition into Fitness and Health Promotion, allowing students to complete a dual diploma in just one additional year.
  • The unique focus on exercise sciences provides a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, nutrition and injury management.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn with experienced and dedicated faculty who are committed to student success.
  • The program coordinator has extensive experience working overseas in international children’s programming, connecting students with international placements and jobs.

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