Length of Course

4 days

9:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT


An undergraduate degree is desirable

Delivery Method


MyLearningSpace platform


$1,525 CAD

Cost includes a non-refundable $25 registration fee


Tim Elcombe

Tim Elcombe

Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University

Course Summary

One of the main areas for improvement for sports federations is “transparency and good governance” (PwC, 2019). Complicating this challenge for sport governance and policy development is the inherently tensive and complex environment within which international sport functions. Sports are at once playful and political; an escape from and a deeply entrenched part of society; a tool for social good and social disruption. Subsequently, international sport leaders constantly deal with change, must play unique multi-level policy games, serve as non-state diplomatic actors, and confront normative dilemmas through this powerful social practice.

This executive short course introduces participants to the contemporary issues and challenges confronting international sports organizations and to develop a critical appreciation and applied understanding of the leadership principles and practices relevant to effectively influence sport policy and good governance.

Course Sessions

  • Identification of external and internal influences and challenges in sport
  • The unique multi-game structure of international sports organizations
  • The politics and process of sport policy
  • Defining governance and understanding governance theories
  • Exploring “good” governance and social responsibility in a global (sport) context
  • Sector and industry governance compliance schemes
  • Examination of the role of the board
  • Conceptual implications for leadership practice including taking the initiative, assuming responsibility and empowering others
  • The demands and challenges of difficult decision making including problem solving, critical reflection and learning from mistakes
  • Developing organizational resilience and thriving

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain trends and future challenges in international sports governance
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the strategies and structures of international sports organizations
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of sport policy processes and good governance systems in international sport organizations
  • Apply a range of technical, conceptual and interpersonal leadership skills important in addressing governance challenges in the sport sector


Tim Elcombe

Tim Elcombe

Associate Professor, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University