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Thomas Forsell

BSc (Eastern Michigan University), Postgrad Dip Leisure Services Management (RMIT), Masters in Leisure Services Development (Texas Tech University)

Lecturer, Sport and Recreation Management

Tom Forsell is a lecturer in Sport and Recreation Management, and focuses heavily on concept of leisure and its incorporation of both sport and recreation in his lectures. 

Tom teaches programming theory and practice, Social Psychology of Leisure, Community Development in Sport and Recreation programs and Inclusive Sport and Recreation. These units provide a sound grounding for students in a number of areas for future work in the sport sector and in the large recreation and leisure sectors represented by local and state government(s) and the non-profit sector. 

Tom’s previous work included significant work with the State government department of Sport and recreation, City of Moonee valley and Melbourne, RMIT Events and teaching with the state education department.  He brings a range of practical aspects to all of his teaching to sit alongside the theoretical concepts.

Teaching responsibilities

Unit coordination and teaching of:

  • Social Physchology of Leisure
  • Recreation Programs
  • Community Development in Sport and Recreation
  • Inclusive Sport and Recreation
  • Recreation Activity

Industry experience

Tom has extensive experience working in local government, and in a variety of program, policy, and facility position with the state government, as well as five years experience as RMIT Events Manager.

He is a practicing professional musician and a member of the Australian Performing Rights association, with over 60 registered works, and three songs placed in Australian films. He also has extensive festival experience as artistic director and as performer.

Appearances in the media

Tom has appeared in the media through music, on television, festivals and over 40 articles in The Age, Sydney and Brisbane dailies, as well as in music and industry productions.

Areas of expertise

  • Benefits of participation in leisure on well being, fitness and social connections
  • Community building and development
  • Social capital in sport and recreation

Contact details

+61 3 9919 9500