Sport Community Partnerships

Unit code: AHX5501 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
City Campus
City Flinders


This unit examines the ways in which sport organisations may partner and collaborate with other organisations to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. These partnerships and collaborative arrangements will range from straightforward commercial agreements (for example sponsorship) to partnerships with community-based agencies and non-profit organisations (for example outreach programs with community welfare organisations).

Attention will be given to the different forms these arrangements may take, and the specific outputs arising from these arrangements. A number of cases will be analysed which focus on the catalyst for the development of the agreement, the parties to the agreement, the aims and outcomes that each party expects, and the way the agreement was managed. Students will be expected to not only contribute to case study discussion, but also provide examples of innovative partnership arrangements for specific sporting clubs and associations.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critique theories of sport stakeholder synergies for developing sport partnerships;
  2. Analyse sport partnership developments through the appraisal of sport partnership case studies;
  3. Critically review sport partnership theory as applied to sport partnership developments; and,
  4. Evaluate the distinction between business agreements, community / business agreements and community agreements.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Partnership proposal (part a - 20% & part b - 20%)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Sport community partnership
Assessment type: Literature Review
Grade: 15%
Innovations in partnerships
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 15%
Key findings of literature review

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

Search for units, majors & minors