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Kicking study goals: How to balance sport and university

8 Dec 2016

Do you have a sporty teenager? Going to university doesn’t have to mean sacrificing sporting achievements – or vice versa. Sport is a big part of the culture at USC, and there are plenty of ways your child can incorporate his or her passion for sport into the university experience.

Study sport

You don’t need to be a professional athlete to make sport your career. USC has a range of sport-related degree programs that can lead to rewarding roles in coaching, sport management, exercise physiology and more. We’re also the first Australian university to receive laboratory accreditation under the National Sport Science Quality Assurance program at the Australian Institute of Sport, which means our facilities are among the best.

Employment opportunities in the sport, exercise and outdoor adventure industry are expected to grow by almost 27 percent* in the next four years – which means thousands of new jobs for sporty graduates. If your teenager would rather play sport than study, a sport-related program could score some career goals.

Support for athletes

USC is endorsed by the Elite Athlete Friendly University program, which supports elite athletes to achieve academic excellence while also pursuing a sporting career. Our students include Paralympic medallists, world champion title holders and national representatives from a wide range of sports. Twelve of our athletes competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and we are also home to the Sunshine Coast Lightning netball squad, the region’s first national sporting team.

If your child is a high achiever in his or her chosen sport, it can be tough to balance the demands of training and competition with the transition to university life. USC offers plenty of support for athletes, including scholarships, official USC Sport sponsorships and flexible study arrangements.

Social sport

Sport is one of the best ways to meet new people and get involved in university life. Even if your child only plays sport on weekends, staying fit and healthy can improve mental wellbeing and contribute to good academic performance.

We encourage our students to take part in social sport or competitions like University Games. This year the USC Spartans hosted the Northern University Games, where they finished fourth overall and took out the Spirit of the Games award for sportsmanship. Many of our students say these events are a highlight of their time at USC. There are plenty of sports on offer, so encourage your child to get involved.

Find out more about USC Sport.

*Source: Australian Government Department of Employment - Employment Outlook to November 2020

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