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Sports Leadership

At the Stockton Schools Sport Partnership, we believe that young people can benefit enormously by engaging in Sports Leadership opportunities. Sports Leaders can use their experiences to develop a wide range of important life skills and qualities including confidence, communication, organisation, resilience and problem solving.

We offer training and opportunities to students of both primary and secondary age through our Leadership Academies and practical opportunities to help and lead at our competitions and festivals. We also offer support and guidance to our schools to ensure that the development of leadership skills can continue back in the school where the young leaders help themselves and others to stay active.

Primary Leadership

At our primary Leadership Academy, we introduce schools to our ‘Setting the PACE’ Award. Students reflect on the skills needed to be a good leader and learn about the importance of an active lifestyle. Taking part in four practical workshops, the leaders participate in activities that start to develop the skills they might need in order to promote activity to others; assist their teachers back in school: create opportunities for activity and encourage others to take part:

Promote activity
Assist your teachers
Create opportunities for others to be active
Encourage others to take part

For more information about the PACE Award please contact the SSP. We have developed criteria under each of these headings with suggestions of jobs/roles that the leaders need to undertake in order to achieve the award.

Secondary Leadership

Our Secondary Leadership Academy has a stronger focus on the different skills and qualities needed in order to be a successful leader and challenges the students to reflect on their strengths and areas for development.

The workshop content at the academy training day includes activity to develop communication skills, organisation and teamwork. The students are also challenged to organise and deliver an event for their peers.

Following the training our students are invited to support a number of our Partnership competitions and festivals as an opportunity to practice their skills and develop further on their leadership journey.


Step into Sport - Demonstrating and Developing Leadership

The content of this leadership event continues to focus on the development of leadership skills in young people including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Along with their personal development, the new skills will support the Young Leaders develop more opportunities for all students including those with SEND to engage in school sports activities (clubs) and competition

The Step into Sport attendees are supported by a local young role model and Athlete Role Model to:

  • Develop and improve their leadership skills.
  • Feel confident to deliver/support inclusive and engaging activities to all young people.
  • Identify opportunities within their schools and communities to get involved with and make positive change.
  • empowering them to get involved with opportunities and make positive change in their schools and communities.

There are a number of formal Sports Leadership qualifications that schools can access to support students and recognise their achievements. More information can be found on the following websites:
Youth Sport Trust - Youth Sport AwardSports Leaders UK