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BSc (Hons) Sport Management course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BSc (Hons) Sport Management studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on find out more.

Suggested reading

You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

In the meantime, here are some suggested books you may like to read before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But, if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library, or access online, we suggest the following core references. These will enable you to become familiar with the key principles of sport management work in community and performance contexts:

  • BRYERS, T., SLACK, T. & PARENT, M. 2012. Key concepts in sport management. London: Sage.
  • COAKLEY, J. & PIKE, E., 2014. Sport in society: issues and controversies. (2nded) London: McGraw-Hill.
  • HOULIHAN, B. & GREEN, M. 2011. The Routledge Handbook of sport development. London: Routledge.
  • SMITH, A. & WADDINGTON, I., eds. 2014. Doing real world research in sports studies. London: Routledge.

Materials, kit and clothing requirements for your course

You may have an opportunity to purchase programme specific clothing on your arrival at university. Details will be provided during Induction Week. In the meantime, you’ll need to bring:

  • a plain t-shirt/polo shirt
  • plain shorts or tracksuit bottoms
  • a good pair of training/running shoes suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Fashionable footwear is not suitable for practical sessions.

Please also keep / bring any relevant voluntary or paid experience and coaching templates from any NGB qualifications that you have undertaken.

You’re also welcome to bring your own personal playing equipment but all standard teaching and sports materials will be provided.

Useful websites

For sports management related jobs:

For ideas on what else you can do whilst at university:

Catch up on the latest sports news

It’s important to keep up to date with what is going on in the sports industry, think more broadly than simply sports results. Look at announcements from the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport. Or look into sports funding and developments in the sports industry on a global scale.

Things to do over summer

Over the summer, you can also do a number of different things to prepare for beginning your studies this September:

Watch a webinar or read a blog
Research activity: Sport England’s interactive survey