This programme, the first of its kind, runs part-time over 3 years and has a strong emphasis upon self-reflection, so you will profile your own performance with a series of research investigations to identify areas for personal development. Your progress will be guided by enhancing your understanding of contemporary research together with peer support groups from other practicing officials to critically reflect upon your performance.
Exploring contemporary issues in leadership, sports performance management systems and organisational culture you will not only examine your own leadership capabilities in relation to your personal context (eg the match day officiating team), but also critically evaluate them in relation to effective organisational, team and player management.
The programme has been running since 2019 and the flexible nature of the programme has allowed students to investigate topics of their own interest including (i) emotional intelligence, (ii) effects of angle of view upon decisions, (iii) developing game understanding (iv) mental health, (v) experiences of females, and (vi) decision biases in officiating in bio-bubbles.
The following modules will be studied:
Work Based Learning Portfolio for Sports Officials (20 credits) SES11123
360 degree profiling of your performance to target your development needs
Communication & Game Management (20 credits) SES1112
Using the latest research to develop your (your referees') interactions with players/coaches/managers/co-officials
Leadership & Organisational Management for Sports Officials (20 credits) SES11124
Understanding styles/approaches to leadership to develop your own leadership potential
High Pressure Decision Making (20 credits) SES11126
Assessing or enhancing an aspect of your (your referees’) decision performance with evidence-based practice
Independent Study (40 credits) SES11105
Research Project (60 credits) SES11107