The belief that contemporarily educated coaches and trainers are needed for the development of sport and recreation in our country, as well as experts for professional pedagogic work with sportspeople of all ages and competition levels, or recreational and special populations of all ages, was the motivational idea for founding the college, which would in turn make a significant contribution to satisfying this need. Coaches and trainers in sports and fitness clubs, mostly originate from the ranks of former athletes or amateurs. There are not many who have had the opportunity to obtain even minimal professional training and preparations for training work. This does not mean a lack of interest for professional training, but an inadequately developed infrastructure which could offer quality professional education, and modern education which is in accordance with work demands. This was also demonstrated by the great interest for this college on the part of athletes, and especially younger coaches who have already worked in clubs. Students with specific club experience prevailed in the first college generation, in order for the number of students enrolling in studies directly after finishing high school or after their sports careers had ended to increase with time.

Learning outcomes

The results and aims of the curricula of this study program are for the graduated student to be independent in carrying out the activities and tasks relating to the coaching position in a specific branch of sport; to learn how to plan, organize and lead the training process with athletes of all ages before, during and after competitions, but with recreational population as well; to learn to develop sports abilities and positive dispositions of athletes’ personalities and to create conditions for their presenting; to learn the techniques for assessing the potential of athletes and recreational population, harmonizing the training program with such potential, to learn and understand the nature, complexity, principles and methods of learning and training in the branch of sport they specialize in, etc.

Today, the College features Study programs for sports coaches for the following sports (branches of sport): FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, HANDBALL, VOLLEYBALL, SWIMMING and WATERPOLO, ATHLETICS, TENNIS and TABLE TENNIS, MARTIAL ARTS, SHOOTING, ROWING, DANCESPORT and SPORTS RECREATION.

Enrollment requirements

High school diploma and completed qualifying exam

Model of studying

Full time studies

Professional title acquired

Vocational Sports Coach

Course Catalogue

1st YEAR
No. Name of subject I II Total no. of classes ECTS
1. Anatomy 3+2 75 7
2. Sports Pedagogy 2+2 60 6
3. Anthropomotorics 2+2 60 6
4. Informatics with Statistics 2+2 60 6
5. Sociology of sport 2+1 45 5
6. Theory and Methodology of Sport 2+4 90 8
7. Sports Physiology 3+2 75 7
8. Sports Psychology 3+1 60 6
9. Foreign language – English 1 2+3 75 6
Internship 1 3
Total ECTS: 60
2nd YEAR
No. Name of subject III IV Total no. of classes ECTS
10. Biomechanics 2+2 60 7
11. Sports Medicine 2+1 45 5
12. Technique and Tactics with Methodology in Sport 1 3+5 120 10
13. Technique and Tactics with Methodology in Sport 2 3+5 120 7
14. Fundamentals of Sports Training 3+1 60 3
Internship 2 3
Elective block 1, 2 and 3
15. Human Resources Management
Public Relations
3+2 75 6
16. Recreational and Sports Tourism
Sports Management
3+1 60 6
17. Foreign language – English 2
Foreign language – Spanish
Personal Fitness
2+3 75 6
Total ECTS: 60
3rd YEAR
No. Name of subject V VI Total no. of classes ECTS
18. Physical Preparation 3+5 120 9
19. Sports Diagnostics 2+2 60 8
20. Psychological Preparation of Sportspeople 2+1 45 5
21. Nutrition 2+1 45 5
22. Programming and Leading a Training Session in Sport 3+5 120 9
Internship 3 3
Final paper 3
Elective block 4, 5 and 6*
23. Pre-school and School Sport
Sports Competition Management
3+2 75 6
24. Teams and Team Work
Sport for Special Populations
2+3 75 6
25. Sports Scouting
Health Fitness
Health Fitness
3+1 60 6
Total ECTS: 60

* The student must take six (6) elective subjects: three electives in the second and in the third year.

Theory 165 150 150 165 150 150 930
Exercises 135 150 150 150 150 150 885
Total 300 300 300 315 300 300 1815