Managing Sport Policy and Development | Abertay University

Managing Sport Policy and Development


This module provides students with a critical overview of sports policy and development in the UK and to provide the student with the knowledge and expertise to evaluate sports development planning and development.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of sports policy, and the rationales for policy initiatives in the UK and to provide a methodological framework for analysis and evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand the policy making process and the political ideologies which shape sports policy

2.  Provide an overview of the development of sport in the UK, outlining the key rationales, values and benefits underpinning sport and physical activity.

3.  Critically discuss the contribution of relevant sport agencies and government departments to the sports policy process.

4.  Critically analyse and reflect upon the sports planning and development process.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to managing sport development

Outline of the courses content and overall rationale.

2 Sport, exercise and physical body culture.

Sociological considerations. Making sense of sport in a sport development context.

3 UK Sport.

Emergence of sports development; Historical perspectives; Overview of key rationales and values underpinning sport and physical activity. Development of sport or development through sport.

4 Sport and social policy issues.

Health and well−being; Social welfare; Sports equality; Young people and education; Urban regeneration; Elite sport.

5 Ideologies underpinning sport.

Political Ideologies and the emergence of the New Right and New Labour. Rationales for sport policy initiatives. Policy making process. Models of policy development, planning and implementation.

6 Structures and governance of sport

Structures and governance of sport in the UK context.

7 Strategic management and organisational theory.

Strategic management and organisational theory.

8 Marketing and managing sports development.

Marketing and managing sports development.

9 Monitoring and evaluation.

Monitoring and evaluation.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module aims to provide a theoretical perspective on sports policy. The teaching is based around lectorials and group discussions. Students are expected to undertake personal study and complete directed activities related to the lectorial topic and contribute to discussions and debates. Some of the content will be delivered through formal presentations and lectures but this will be supplemented with small group activities. Students will be encouraged to relate the formal material and content to their own experience and context. The examination will cover a range of topics taught in the course and will encourage students to engage with a wide spectrum of issues. The rationale for these assessments is that it will encourage students to relate the academic and theoretical content to their own experiences and areas of specialism in more depth related to sports development. Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing students skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. Class time is divided between 1−hour large−group lectures and 1−hour small− group tutorials. Contact time devoted to inquiry−based learning is therefore approximately 50%.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 13
Tutorial/Seminar 13
Supervised Practical Activity 4
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 130

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.