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Sports Leader Award


Sports Leaders UK provides nationally recognised leadership awards and qualifications that help people develop essential life skills such as organisation, motivation, communication and working with others. All of the awards and qualifications are practical - candidates learn by doing rather than through written work. And, we don't do exams - assessment is made upon a candidate's ability to lead and demonstrate their leadership skills for a certain period of time, within a specific setting.

Candidates don't need to be sports stars or prima ballerinas - instead an interest in their chosen activity, a positive attitude and a willingness to volunteer are all that is required.

Benefits - Why do It?


For the candidate:

  • A fun and practical course that focuses on leading rather than technical ability.
  • Potential stepping stone into employment, further education or training.
  • A good foundation to progress onto other Sports Leaders UK awards or qualifications, and/or a National Governing Body award.
  • Develops generic leadership skills that will be vital in other areas of life.
  • Allows those who are not sports superstars to take a full and active role in sport and physical activity.
  • Increased self-confidence that comes through taking responsibility for own and others learning and enjoyment.

For the community:

  • Provides trained volunteers who can assist with the delivery of sport and recreation initiatives within their community.
  • Increases the awareness of sport and recreation within the community.
  • Provides training for young people: keeping them engaged, increasing their responsibility and developing their confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improved relationships between community groups, schools and other local organisations.
  • Provides a stepping stone on the pathway to lifelong volunteering

The Syllabus


The syllabus fosters generic skills, which can be applied to a variety of different sporting activities as well as contributing to the candidates personal and social education. It’s a practical qualification where candidates learn through doing, rather than through written work. A candidates ability as a competent leader is assessed by observation rather than written tests. The award is a fantastic way of delivering elements of the Physical Education National Curriculum. As well as this, the generic aspects of leadership taught by the award complement many of the Governments objectives of the Citizenship N.C. requirements. These include: Developing skills for enquiry and communication and Developing skills for participation and responsible action. PSHE elements include: Developing confidence and responsibility; Developing a healthier, safer lifestyle; Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people.


Unit 01 - Planning, preparing and assisting a simple sporting activity


Unit 02 - Basic communication skills for leading a sporting activity


Unit 03 - Principles / practice in delivering a basic health / fitness session


Unit 04 - Understanding fair play in sport


Unit 05 - Understanding the role of the sports official


Unit 06 - Understanding the scope of local sport and recreation activities


Unit 07 - Demonstration of leadership skills in sport