14 July 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George is pleased that Australia’s first-ever online Diploma of Sport and Recreation was launched at TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute’s Sutherland College this week.

Emerging digital technology provides great flexibility to this ground-breaking course, which is filling the growing demand for skilled workers in sport and recreation facilities.

“This innovative online approach, which is being provided in partnership with Open Universities Australia, is unique,” Mr George said.

“It provides a new dimension for training staff to effectively operate fitness centres, aquatic centres and sporting facilities, or manage sporting organisations.

“This unparalleled flexibility combines study with work in or out of the sport and recreation industry; it even caters for sports people currently involved in an elite training regime.

“The TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute program means geographical limits no longer prevent students accessing this industry-relevant training,” Mr George added.

Mr George acknowledged the increased demand for professionalism in the sport and recreation sector.

“It is vital that people who fulfil jobs in the sport and recreation industry are trained to the highest possible standards,” Mr George said.

“People are time poor and look to access quality sport and recreation activities offered in well-run, safe facilities, with an emphasis on customer service.

“Parts of this course, such as financial planning, marketing, human resources and project management, are just as important to a successful sport and recreation professional today as having physical skills or a passion for the game was in the past,” Mr George said.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.