The Department started in 1977 as a reactivation of the earlier Diploma programme which had started in 1957 during the Nigeria College of Art, and Science. The programmes was established to satisfy the need for higher level manpower in teaching, research, and sports administration. The philosophy of the department is thus hinged on the principle of imparting knowledge in physical and health education to men and women through the use of state of the art facilities and highly trained and disciplined manpower without prejudice to race, creed or political affiliation.