Sport & Exercise Leadership - SPOR5300

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Geoffery Kohe checkmark-circle


Leadership in the context of sport and exercise is becoming increasingly recognised as providing the 'spark' that drives successful sport organisations. In this module, students will become more aware of styles of leadership and types of communication used in the sporting context. This module is important for establishing the necessary academic and specific sport management skills that students will need to complete a successful third year at University.
a) Leadership theory
b) Leadership styles
c) Philosophy of teaching and the facilitation of learning
d) Communication styles and techniques
e) Importance of feedback
f) Session delivery and observation
g) Motivation styles and techniques
h) Evaluating performance


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 21
Private study hours: 129
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Portfolio -100% (consists of a 8 hours of observations, a video recording of a sports leader and a written critique of 2500 words)

Indicative reading

Bompa, T. (2009). Theory and Methodology of Training. 5th ed. Leeds: Human Kinetics
Maxwell, J.C. (2007). The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. New York: Neilson Thomas
Priest, S., and Gass, M.A. (2005). Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming. 2nd ed. Human Kinetics, Leeds, UK.
Slack, T. and Parent, M.M. (2006). Understanding Sport Organizations – The Application of Organization and Theory. 2nd Ed. Human Kinetics, Champaigne Illinois.
Taylor, P. (Ed) (2011) Torkildsen's Sport and Leisure Management 6th Ed, London Routledge.
Wolsey, C., Minten, S., and Abrams, J. (2012). Human Resource Management in the Sport and Leisure Industry. Routledge, Oxon, Abington, U.K.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Discuss how the role and philosophy of the coach affects performers
Apply the theory of leadership to different coaching or instructing environments
Analyse learning styles and devise an appropriate coaching or instructing programme
Analyse coaching performance and identify an appropriate style of leadership

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Communication and presentation skills - via the use of individual or group student-led presentations and practical sessions, and working in groups on a variety of subject specific material.
Information Technology and numeracy - through the planning, preparation, completion and evaluation of a placement, log-book, essay and presentations in a sport and exercise leadership context.
Interactive group skills – evidenced through conducting student led presentations, practical work and tasks during seminars; completion of observation in a sport, exercise setting.
Problem solving – achieved through the identification and implementation of correct leadership style during seminars, critical evaluation of a leader at a sport and exercise setting
Ability to plan and manage learning - through completing the extra self-directed study necessary to successfully complete the required assignments and tasks set during this module.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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