BA (Hons) Sports Leadership and Development

Sport has the power to inspire people and change lives. But to inspire the next generation, we need the right people leading and developing sport. By giving you the right leadership skills and sports development knowledge, this Sports Leadership and Development degree will prepare you for working in the sports development and management industry.

Increasingly, social enterprises and private companies are contributing to the delivery of sport. Therefore, the BA (Hons) Sports Leadership and Development course will help you explore how you can be more entrepreneurial in your thinking around the development of sport. We work with the Young Ambassadors programme and Sports Leaders UK to provide you with the next crucial step in the development of your sports leadership and employability.

What you will study

You will gain an understanding of the varied, dynamic and constantly changing nature of sports development, from grass roots community projects that engage people to take up sport, to working with elite athletes who are at the top of their game.

The BA (Hons) Sports Leadership and Development will integrate theory and practical lectures with community sport experience, so youll develop leadership and enterprise skills, and gain experience of working in the industry.

Year One

Your first year will provide you with the underpinning theory and practice of sports leadership and development via practical...

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At USW Sport Park, just a few miles from the Glyntaff Campus, we have a notational analysis suite, an impressive strength and conditioning room and over 30 acres of playing fields, including five floodlit pitches, a new artificial training pitch and 3G rubber crumb floodlit football pitch.

Our sport facilities are regularly used by international professional teams, such as the Wales national football team and Cardiff City Football Club. Plus, Cardiff City Football Club Academy is based at our...

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You will be taught by leading experts who have worked in the sports development and management industry. Our staff have experience of coordinating and managing sport in both local authorities and national governing bodies of sport, and are able to bring this real-life knowledge and experience into the classroom to bring topics to life.

Many of our staff are still active in the industry representing sports organisations on boards and strategic groups. Our academic staff are also actively involved...

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Work and Study Placements

At USW we are proud of our work-based learning opportunities available and believe that as a Sports Leadership and Development student, you are unlikely to find another university who can offer you the same support in helping you to develop your employability skills. We have a Centre of Employability, Enterprise and Leadership in
which demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our students are employable upon graduation.

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This course is taught at: Glyntaff Campus, Pontypridd


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  • Part Time 4 - 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
      • Part Time 4 - 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2018
        • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2018

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