Sport, Recreation and Massage

Prepare for a career in the recreation, sport or fitness industries with study at EIT. EIT’s Recreation & Sport programmes are designed for people aiming to become highly qualified professionals in recreation, sport & exercise science, sport coaching, sport/leisure management & leaders in the health and fitness industry.

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Diploma in Therapeutic and Sport Massage

When you’ve graduated with a Diploma in Therapeutic and Sport Massage you’ll be qualified to work with people to soothe their tired and aching bodies, help maintain their level of wellbeing, and keep them in optimum fitness.

During this massage course you’ll also learn how the human body is structured and how it functions. You’ll find out how to bring pain relief, reduce stress, rehabilitate injuries or simply relax your clients.

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Philip Shambrook, Bachelor of Recreation & Sport Graduate

Graduating at this year's graduation ceremony with a Bachelor of Recreation and Sport, EIT valedictorian Philip Shambrook is passionately committed to lifelong learning.

Formerly from the UK, Philip and his wife Louise met as officers in the Royal Air Force, which put him through his engineering degree.  He also gained an MBA from the Open University before the couple, leaving the services, travelled the world for three years on a tandem bicycle.

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Associate Professor Carl Paton

Carl gained his initial degree in Sport Science from Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and has since completed both Masters and Doctoral degrees specialising in endurance exercise physiology

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Services to the Public

The Massage Therapy Clinic is open Wednesday and Fridays throughout the academic year. For bookings call 06 974 8000, Linda ext 5406 or Di ext 5536 or email or

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EIT Sport Science Services at Pettigrew Green Arena offers a range of testing and training services for all athletes to enhance their training and performance.

All Staff are highly qualified & experienced in their field of interest. They are closely linked with New Zealand Academy of Sport and work with athletes from novice to elite.

For bookings call 06 974 8000, Linda ext 5406 or Di ext 5536 or email or

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Practical studies take place in the new multi-million dollar Pettigrew Green Arena Hawke’s Bay. These facilities include three squash courts, an exercise science laboratory, an aerobics-fitness room, a theatre for lectures and presentations for up to 80 people, changing rooms, consulting rooms, office and administration area, and a massage room.

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