SMGT10240 Sport Development

Academic Year 2023/2024

Sports development is a process whereby opportunities, pathways and structures are put in place to enable people to be generally physically active and / or to participate in competitive sport – whether through casual or organised participation, aimed at improving physical fitness or subjective wellbeing, and /or based on forming social relationships of achieving excellence in competition at regional, national and international levels.

This module introduces students to the underlying principles of sports development, the practices of sport development officers, and to the range of outcomes which are aligned to its public health, educational and elite performance goals.

Students will be exposed to theories of sports development – to policies and partnerships which characterise local, national and international sports development organisations – and this will be facilitated by means of a range of individual-, group- and inquiry-based modes of learning.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, student should be able to:

- describe the various models of sport development and sports participation;
- discuss contested definitions of physical activity, play, sport and sports development;
- understand the range, as well as explain the place and role, of sports agencies, organisations, officers, and agents;
- understand the social-cultural, political and economic factors that impact on the organisation of and participation within sport in a given society;
- appreciate the complexity of the sport development process and delivery system on comparative basis (i.e. on a regional, national and wider, international, level).

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is predominantly lecture-based with in-class discussion of critical cases. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

SMGT20110 is incompatible

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
SMGT20110 - Principles Sport Development

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Group Assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Presentation: Group Presentation Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Mr Darragh Cunningham Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eamonn Delahunt Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Earl McCarthy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 12 Wed 13:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Wed 15:00 - 16:50