UWI Steps Up The Pace In Sports Academics

Honourable Justina Charles, Minister of Youth, Sport and Constituency Empowerment, Dominica.

(2nd left) posing with (left to right) Mr. Trevor Shillingford, Sports Coordinator, Sport Division

and Ms. Mandra Fagan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth, Sport and Constituency

Empowerment, Dominica. and Mr. Kervin Jean, Head OCAS.




The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Open Campus is adding three Sport degrees to its list of offering for the new academic year, 2019-2020.

The three Bachelors of Science degrees being offered starting in August are BSc Sport Coaching, BSc Sport Leadership and Management, and BSc Sport Kinetics. The programmes have been approved by the Board of Undergraduate Studies of The UWI and will be offered online.

“The creation of the BSc in Sport Coaching is intended to provide students with an opportunity to combine their practical sport experiences with sport coaching theory, to prepare them for successful sport coaching careers. The Open Campus Academy of Sport (OCAS) views the study of sport coaching as facilitating an integrative understanding of sport coaching theory within the dynamic contexts of Caribbean and global sport coaching practices,” a statement from the UWI stated.


Among the subjects to be covered in the Coaching programme are Functional Anatomy, Physiology for Coaches, Sports Nutrition, Biomechanics, Origins and Growth of Sport 1850-1946, Communication in the Workplace, and Statistics. The programme also includes a six-week practicum which will be supervised by certificated coaches in various sports.


On completion of the programme, candidates are expected to be well-rounded coaches equipped with sound scientific principles and possessing modern sporting knowledge.

“The UWI Open Campus Academy of Sport is excited about the three new programmes on offer from 2019,” stated Mr. Kervin Jean, Head, Open Campus Academy of Sport. “These cutting edge sport degrees will revolutionize the sporting landscape of the region, both in terms of management and on the field of play as we equip our sporting professionals with the latest available knowledge and international best practice techniques.”


All three BSc programmes will be offered online and will be of four-year duration.

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