Sports Leadership Programme

The Sports Leadership Programme (SLP) is a high-end international executive programme, specifically designed to guide you, as a leader in a professional sports environment, to achieve your goals and ambitions. This unique programme provides in-depth insights on the emerging world of sports management and leadership. The programme takes a holistic approach to analyse the sports ecosystem, based on the underlying values of integrity, credibility and sustainability.

For whom

The SLP is the leading executive programme for ambitious executives in sport, the business world and politics who want to use sport to make a positive contribution to society. The rapidly changing world of sports management requires leaders with a holistic approach who focus on the values of integrity, credibility and sustainability.

Is this you?

  • You are passionate about sport.
  • You are an experienced leader who is at least 30 years old.
  • You have a curious mind and a positive attitude.
  • You are a critical thinker, as well as a collaborator.
  • You are ready to be a game changer!

Programme 2022 - 2023*

Module Date
Introduction Day 12 October 2022
Module 1: High-performance sports 8 - 10 November 2022
Module 2: Sports & Business 19 - 21 December 2022
Module 3: Sports & Social Impact 16 - 19 January 2023
Module 4: Sports & Governance 6 - 8 March 2023
Examination and Graduation

21 and 26 April 2023

Personal leadership track ( 5 days) to be announced

* Provisional dates, subject to change

Study load

The total study load is on average 280 hours for assisgnments, buddy coaching, class hours and personal leadership.

Tuition fee

The 2022 tuition fees for the Sports Leadership Programme is a total of €12,800, VAT-free. This amount covers your participation in the full programme, including all four modules and the related personal leadership development sessions. It also covers access to exciting (external) locations for specific modules, hotel stays, meals and local transport (if required for training activities).

Professors and guest speakers

  • Geert Savelsbergh: Full Professor and Desmond Tutu chair for Sport, Youth and Reconciliation
  • Bartel Berkhout: founder/director of the Sports Leadership Programme
  • Frank van Eekeren: associate professor Sport & Society at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG)
  • Marijke Fleuren: President of the European Hockey Federation
  • Dennis Vink: Professor of Finance and Investment at Nyenrode Business University
  • Conny Wenting: leadership & talent development expert
  • Henry Robben: Professor of Marketing at Nyenrode Business University
  • Thomas Tichelman: programme design Sports Leadership Institute


If you require any further information, or have any questions, please contact our programme manager Jill Eekhart. Email:

Published by  Faculty Sports and Nutrition 11 March 2022