ISCA launch impresses Australian sports legends
The recent launch of the International Sports College Australia (ISCA) represented the emergence of a dynamic, innovative sports management and high performance qualification now available to students who want to turn their love of the game into a comprehensive understanding of the professional global sports industry.
The well attended launch of ISCA and the Diploma of Sport Management (High Performance) took place on 26 September at the ICMS Great Hall, Manly campus. Guest panellists included three-time Olympian and former world champion (slalom canoeist) Rob Bell; Wallaroo and Australian rugby player Emily Chancellor; and former National Rugby League High Performance Manager Don Singe.
All three spoke about juggling study with elite sport, what it means to be a professional athlete and the demands placed in young athletes to achieve success on and off the field.
An impressed Bell said it was clear that “a lot of thought has gone into the content (of ISCA)” and that this was good for the industry, good for sport, and good for athletes “out on their own”.
ISCA is a new business unit of the prestigious International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS), an award-winning, career-focused higher education institute located in Northern Beaches, NSW, Sydney.
ISCA’s Diploma of Sport Management (High Performance) is a year-long program designed to equip students with the business and managerial skills required by modern sports organisations. Constructed by leading industry experts, the program is an unequalled fusion of high performance training coupled with sports business principles.
“Having worked or spoken with thousands of athletes and coaches during my career, one thing that everyone seems to agree on is the importance of preparing young athletes for a career post-sport,” ISCA General Manager Ian Evans said.
Getting young athletes into good habits early is an essential component to ensuring they have a solid platform or foundation to build upon, and we believe ISCA provides this.
Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Sport Management (High Performance) may enter the second year of study in a range of degrees offered at ICMS and other selected universities, including the ICMS Bachelor of Business Management and ICMS Bachelor of Sports Management. The higher education diploma is fully accredited by TEQSA.
Aside from the physical and academic development of aspiring athletes, the ISCA Diploma of Sport Management (High Performance) features an industry training component, allowing students to apply their classroom knowledge into a work-place setting. Students may seek employment in the fields of sport administration, sport coaching, strength and conditioning, staff and marketing, and fan engagement.
Class sizes will vary between 15 and 25 students, ensuring individual attention and hands-on mentoring throughout the practical and theoretical components, and the program offers field trips to sports organisations, guest speakers, and attendance at sports seminars and summits.
Enrolments for the February 2019 intake are currently open. Apply now using our online application form.