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Future research directions for sport education: toward an entrepreneurial learning approach

Vanessa Ratten (La Trobe University – Melbourne Campus, Melbourne, Australia)
Paul Jones (International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University, Coventry, UK)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 27 March 2018

Issue publication date: 23 May 2018




The purpose of this paper is to introduce an entrepreneurial learning approach to the study of sport education in order to inform future research directions.


Sport education needs to focus on how it can overcome existing barriers to bring a more interdisciplinary approach. This paper uses entrepreneurship education theory to explore the changes required in sport education provision to create a more relevant and conducive teaching environment.


The findings of this paper suggest that by bringing sport students into contact with entrepreneurship education, aids in the development of improved employability and social skills.

Research limitations/implications

Introducing entrepreneurship education into sport will help the students develop learning initiatives that advance the scholarship of sport education within the university sector.

Practical implications

The benefits of including entrepreneurship education in sport studies could be of interest to the directors of education wanting to increase student enrollments and interest in their courses.


The study suggests ways to offer more interdisciplinary courses and activities linking entrepreneurship education to sport. This needs to be taken into consideration as it will enable the development of sport entrepreneurship education that improves links between academic research with policy and business initiatives.



Ratten, V. and Jones, P. (2018), "Future research directions for sport education: toward an entrepreneurial learning approach", Education + Training, Vol. 60 No. 5, pp. 490-499.



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