Leaders in Sport

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people.” Nelson Mandela

The MBA Leaders in Sport program is a joint program from International Leadership & Business Academy, Netherlands Business Academy and City Campus Dordrecht in collaboration with top European sport organizations. This MBA program is designed for sport organizations that are looking to position or reposition their role in the “sport participation society”. The sport participation society goes beyond the buzzword. There is a need for an interdisciplinary approach that brings together the management of sport organizations. The parties in the sport market have gradually concluded that sport organizations have many social dynamics, which must be organized in a very specific way. Sport organizations play a decisive role in the contact between sport and society.

The MBA Leaders in Sport program is aimed at directors who work at the strategical level (or aspire towards a career at the strategical level) in sport organizations and are interested in updating their knowledge and skills in various areas of business management and strategy determination, and mirroring colleagues at the same level.

Good leaders renew, tackle, and change the status quo. They inspire colleagues to have a clear and shared vision, enable others to act, set a good example and bring the organization in tow. It is important to first get to know yourself, then scan your environment, and then make the optimal choice for putting the team together. You do not renew and change on your own.

The biggest challenge in leadership is to respond to the changes in our future. For several decades, leadership has been about inspiring and motivating employees. Today, leadership is especially important because of the battle for talent. Good people are scarce; therefore, we must ensure an attractive working environment, and employees must connect with the vision, values, ​​and standards of the organization. People often consider personal development more important than material rewards. The present time presents an even greater challenge. The themes of meaning, sustainability, and social involvement play an increasingly important role. Sustainability is also about the person themselves. “Wellbeing” and “work-life balance” are just English terms, but how do we make policy toward these? How do we turn this challenge into an opportunity?

To think about talent management in an organization or team is not just to think about the top talents. We give the latter special attention, but real talent management is using the full potential of all the people in the team. If the whole team is performing at its maximum, the special qualities of the stars can be used to the maximum.

Behaviour is a choice. Although we do have a preferred style of behaviour, it is easy to adapt. Do we recognize what behaviour is needed at what moment? Are we able to apply that behaviour in the most effective way?

Are we clear about our own personality? Do we understand how this works in coaching others? What strengths and pitfalls does it bring?

Why Is this Program Unique?

The MBA program Leaders in Sport is the only integrated study program in the Czech Republic that links theory from different disciplines to practical experiences and is directly linked to practice in the world of sport. This MBA program is a substantively strong business management program with several relevant topics and current issues from the sport sector, including inspiration sessions.

International Network

An interdisciplinary curriculum is being designed in collaboration with several European sport organizations and institutions of higher education. Students can participate in international internships with top European sport organizations. This experience and network of contacts will offer them the opportunity to grow into international, all-round managers who know how to combine knowledge of sport processes with innovative business insight. Students from different countries are involved in the project over multiple weeks. This program will enable you to combine business knowledge with the sport and education sectors.

Internationally Renowned Guest Teachers

In addition to the teachers of International Leadership & Business Academy, we also work with renowned guest teachers with specific knowledge and practical experience from the field of sport.

Practically Oriented

During this program, students will discuss developments in their work environments. Attention will be given to the subjects indicated in the overview, but there is ample room for topics brought in by the participants.

Why this Program?

  • Existing concepts, models, and new developments in sport business administration fields are studied and discussed.
  • This program offers students a chance to learn with and from other international students from different backgrounds and work environments.
  • The teachers and professors are all experts in their own professional field, which guarantees translation of business theories into practical examples of from the world of sport. The students are invited to bring in practical examples themselves so that these can be discussed during lectures.

Why Should You Do this MBA?

During this study program, integrating different management aspects and functions is an important key point with the aim of knowledge integration. The training broadens skills by taking disciplines as a starting point to improve on the integral and critical view that can be expected of managers.

  • Access to high-quality knowledge from international networks
  • Renowned international guest teachers
  • Part-time training for professionals
  • Small interactive study groups
  • Side-events abroad
  • Financial options

Who is this Program for?

After successfully completing this study program, you will be entitled to call yourself an expert in sport organization leadership. You are an all-round manager who can combine knowledge of sport processes with innovative business insight. You are part of a high-quality knowledge network that will be invaluable. The training is designed for (future) managers in the broad sector of sport or those from other disciplines who want to play a key role in the necessary (re)positioning of sport institutions in the “sport participation society”. Our students are managers of sport clubs, national associations, government sport organizations, sport event providers, sport foundations, etc. Graduates of this study program can excel in the following professions:

  • Leader of sport organizations, companies, and governmental institutions
  • Director, (General) Manager (CEO)
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Member of a management team
  • Member of international networks of sport experts
  • Adviser/Consultant


This MBA study program covers a variety of fields. In this course, you will learn the latest theories in the field of leadership and new methodologies for positioning your institution, and you will gain insight into the most important issues concerning sport organizations. You will gain knowedge of business processes, change management, market developments, policy, and strategy. In addition to the business process themes, you will attend a variety of inspirational lectures on various current sport topics. Alongside theory, there is room for practice. The students are invited to bring in practical examples themselves to be discussed during the lectures. You will bring your own cases to the study program and apply the knowledge gained, whichallows you to apply theory directly into practice. The teachers and professors are all experts in their own professional field, which guarantees a translation of business theories into practical examples. During discussions with our international teachers and your classmates, you will improve your communication skills and substantiate your arguments with the most recent academic literature. 

You will learn leadership concepts, principles, and strategies, which form important starting points for further personal and professional development. You will develop management skills and learn how to implement leadership philosophies and vision in the international sport environment.

Program Accreditation

The MBA Leaders in Sport study program is NVAO accredited.


Self-management, Leadership & Coaching

3 days

Methods & Techniques of Research

2 days



Finance Management & Control

3 days

Operations Management & Quality

3 days

Human Resources Management

3 days

Project Management

3 days


3 days



Strategy & Policy

4 days

Management Control & Information Systems

4 days




4 days

Change Management

4 days


1 day



Thesis Phase


Writing the Master Thesis

2 days

Master Thesis




Inspirational Lectures from the World of Sport

±10 days

Admission Requirements

To join the MBA Leaders in Sport, you must have at least a bachelor diploma and three years of relevant work experience. Do you not exactly meet the admission requirements? If you can demonstrate at least five years of relevant professional experience at a professional education level and that you have gained substantial knowledge through training or courses, admission may be possible. The admission process can include an interview with a study advisor from Netherlands Business Academy. Based on this interview, you will receive study advice and you can be admitted to this study program. 

Language Requirements

Literature, lectures, and coaching is given in English. If you do not have a sufficient level of English to be able to follow the lectures, on request, we can provide a translation into Czech for you.

Duration of Study Program

The total duration of the part-time program is 2.5 years.

The study program starts with a kick-off course from May 4th to 7th 2022.

Lecture Days

Lectures in this distance study program will be provided through online learning on Tuesday afternoons and evenings. Consultation meetings will take place Tuesday mornings. Together with your fellow participants, you will work on cases and assignments, prepare presentations, and comment on each other’s work. The study load is 10 hours of self-study per week. If you want more detailed information about the timetable of this study program, please contact info@ilba.academy.


Contact days (3 weeks) of the study program will be attended in the Netherlands. Netherlands Business Academy offers contact days at their City Campus Dordrecht. Dordrecht is located only 10 minutes by train from Rotterdam. For your stay there, we will require you to arrange housing. City Campus Dordrecht can help you with the arrangements if needed. Contact days (4 weeks) in the Czech Republic will be attended in Prague.

Tuition Fees

Educational costs MBA: € 8 297

This price does not include literature, location, and accommodation costs. Travel, accommodation, and boarding expenses for a stay (3 weeks) in the Netherlands and contact days (4 weeks) in the Czech Republic are covered by the students themselves. If an Erasmus subsidy for exchange students will be obtained for this study program, it may be used to cover a part of the travel and subsistence expenses.

This price is calculated for one-time payment. Payment in 3 installments or monthly payments in installments are possible. You can also pay as you go, meaning you only pay for the units you sign up for every term. A special individual payment calendar is possible in agreement with Netherlands Business Academy or its official partner organization. If you want more detail information about the possibilities of financing this study program, please contact: info@ilba.academy

Internationally Renowned Guest Teachers

Within the MBA Leaders in Sport, in addition to the teachers of International Leadership & Business Academy, we also work with renowned guest teachers with specific knowledge and practical experience from the world of top sport.

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