Document Type

Conference Poster

Publication Date



Human Performance


Background Literature

Traditionally, college students engaged in learning within the classroom setting. Research indicates that students can also learn in extracurricular activities such as internships and student clubs (Brown & Johnson, 2018). While research in the field of sport management has focused on the role of internships in professional development (e.g. Hayes & Mudrick, 2018; Young & Baker, 2004), less research has focused on the role of sport management clubs and how club participation may enhance a club member’s professional development. In addition, little research has focused on barriers that prevent students from joining.


The purpose of this study was to examine student perceptions of the role that sport management clubs play in their professional development and barriers students face in joining those clubs.

Research question

  • What skills do students think sport management clubs help them build?
  • What barriers prevent students from joining sport management clubs?