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Sport Development

Would you like to be inspired by the power of sport and the impact sport makes on people all over the world? Do you consider setting up a sport development programme or want to know more about public sport policy? Then join the Sport Development minor. You will learn about how sport is organised on a local, national and international level.


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The Sport Development minor is a hands-on and practical programme if you are willing to develop yourself as a sport leader in the world of sport. The minor covers the areas Development of Sport and Sport for Development. Development of Sport concerns the 'growing, improving and innovating sports for people, communities and society.' Where Sport for Development relates to 'the intentional use of sport as a means to affect sustainable positive change in the lives of people, communities and society.' 

During the minor you will learn about the differences between the 2 areas, how both fields are related and how both areas are connected to our day-to-day life. Organisations from over the world join the minor to give guest lectures. You will be challenged to help grow sport development organisations by working on real cases. 

Besides the focus on Sport Development you will also be challenged to develop yourself as a person through several activities investigating your personal drivers, focusing on creating and sharing your own vision on Sport Development. You will also how to take part in a constructive debate.

Learning outcomes

After this minor you will:

  • be confident in creating and facilitating sustainable sport development programmes
  • have had experience collaborating with both (inter)national and local organisations and agencies
  • have acquired practical skills which enable you to present your own vision on sport development 
  • have developed a sense of the international landscape and relevance of Sport for Development 
  • understand the mechanisms, structures and policies needed to develop a sport
  • have the ability to identify the sport structures, governance and policies in different countries and regions

Programme outline

This minor will follow the AUAS general schedule and will consist of 2 quarters. Lessons will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can expect to be on campus between 09:00 – 16:00, depending upon the availability of (guest) lecturers. This may change depending on the activities.

Contact hours Block 1 

  • Lectures: 270 minutes per week, during 7 weeks = 31,5 contact hours
  • 1 field trip = 8 hours 
  • Sport Development case: 4 afternoons of 2 - 3 hours per session = 10 hours

Contact hours Block 2

  • Lectures: 360 minutes per week, during 7 weeks = 42 contact hours
  • Day of debate  = 8 hours 

Besides these contact hours your will  need to do assignments, reading and course preparation.

Subjects and assessments

  • Sport as an Agent for Change - Exam (4 ECTS) 
  • Building a Sport Development Programme - Presentation (4 ECTS)  
  • Sport Development Organisations and Stakeholders - Product (4 ECTS)  
  • Sport Development Case - Product and/or Presentation  (2 ECTS) 
  • Field trip (1 ECTS)
  • Public Sport Policy - Product (4 ECTS) 
  • Grassroots Community Sports - Product and/or Presentation (4 ECTS)
  • Making Social Impact - Exam (4 ECTS)
  • Constructive Debating - Product and Presentation (2 ECTS) 
  • Sport Development Portfolio - Product (1 ECTS)

Attendance and an active contribution is expected throughout all courses to be able to pass all elements of the minor.


A personal contribution of max. €350 should be taken into account for possible fieldtrip(s) in Europe.

Admission requirements

  • The minor is open to students from various study programmes who can demonstrate their profound interest in and knowledge of the topic.
  • Because this minor is taught in English, it is important you have strong written and verbal English skills (equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL IB 80 and European level B2). You are unlikely to pass the exams and obtain the necessary credits if you do not possess this level.

Study period

This minor runs once a year in the fall semester (September - January).


  • If you are a student from a partner university, please contact the International Office of your home university.
  • The International Office has to send us your official nomination by 1 April.
  • The application deadline for the programme is 15 April.
  • AUAS students can apply for this minor via minoren.mijnhva.nl(opens in new window). Students from other Dutch universities can enrol via kiesopmaat.nl(opens in new window).