Support for Young Leaders

Horsham District Sports Development supports young leaders in a number of ways - helping to link them up with community groups (eg sports clubs), supporting Sports Development's community coaching team and helping them to train and develop. If you think we can help you please contact Ian Ford

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September 2019- Sussex Young Coach Academy Open for Applications

The Young Coach Academy for Sussex is back! The Youth Sport Trust have relaunched the programme this year and have aim to target at least 30 young people between 14-19 yrs of age (in particular girls!)  who show promise in leadership and / or coaching in your schools, clubs and / or local sports clubs. The YCA (Young Coach Academy) is about harnessing that passion and enthusiasm shown by your young leaders / coaches and taking them a step further on the coaching pathway.

Applications have a set a deadline of the 8th November for the students to return the applications.  They must be returned to or posted to Mid Sussex Active, St Pauls Catholic College, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 8GA. The students will be notified by the 22nd November to let them know if they have been successful with their application. There is a small cost attached to the programme (£50), but any students who may struggle to afford this can approach Holly Prescott for bursary assistance.  Apply here.

September 2019-Biggest Ever FA Leadership Academy Launches

Ahead of the season-opening FA Community Shield, the FA welcomed the Youth Leadership Academy class of 2019-20 to St George’s Park.

A record number of 60 young people began their year-long training with four days of workshops designed to improve their leadership skills so that both now and in the future they can make an impact on the organisation of football in this country. Forty five of the attendees were nominated by their County FAs, with the rest invited by UEFA.

The Academy thus had a strong European flavour and focused on maximising the grassroots impact of UEFA Euro 2020, which takes places in 12 different countries next summer and ends with both semi-finals (7-8 July 2019) and the final (12 July 2019) at Wembley Stadium.

The staging of UEFA Euro 2020 provides a unique opportunity to highlight the potential of young leaders both in England and across Europe.

Wembley National Stadium Trust, which derives its income from events at the stadium, have recognised the potential of the programme and invested £600k to expand our Youth Leadership and Volunteering programme and the diversity of its participants.

“This is the biggest and most ambitious FA Leadership Academy we’ve ever delivered,” says Sarah Nickless, the chairperson of the FA Youth Council.

“I’ve seen this programme grow and evolve and the aim is to give future leaders tools to help change their local communities.

“We’re also focusing on UEFA Euro 2020. Last year, we enrolled two members from Jordan and saw a glimpse of the benefit of globalising the programme. They brought a different vibe and perspective.

“This time, with the support of UEFA, we’ve invited youth leaders from every host nation at UEFA Euro 2020.

“We appreciate their different viewpoint. At The FA, we encourage counties to help each other. Now we can get countries doing the same and this will have an impact on an even wider scale. It’s really special to see the FA Leadership Academy evolve in this way.”

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August 2016 - Leisure Snubbed in Government Plans for Skills Shake-Up


Government plans for a major shake-up of Post-16 vocational education have been met with disappointment from the leisure industry, after the newly-proposed routes into skilled employment appeared to overlook the sector.

Skills minister Nick Boles has tabled plans to remove thousands of “ineffective courses that short-change employers and young people” and replace them with 15 “straightforward routes” into technical employment covering key industries. The recommended reforms are based on a report into technical education by an independent panel, chaired by Lord Sainsbury.

Among the new routes are Construction; Transport and Logistics; as well as Legal, Finance and Accounting; however there is no clear route for entering the leisure industry. In fact, the word ‘leisure’ did not feature once in Boles’ 60-page Post-16 skills plan, despite the £117bn leisure sector accounting for 7.4 per cent of GDP, according to Deloitte.

When contacted by Leisure Opportunities, a department for education spokesperson said that the government has included leisure industry jobs in the 15 Skills Plan routes, but across different pathways.

“As the routes have been developed to group skilled occupations with shared knowledge, skills and behaviour, leisure sector careers will be spread across different routes,” said the spokesperson.

“For example, jobs such as health and fitness trainers would be included within the Health and Science Route. A job such as park ranger would be included within the Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care Route.”

In response to the report and Post-16 skills plan, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA) said it broadly agrees with Lord Sainsbury’s 34 recommendations for skills reform, but expressed concern that the sport and physical activity sector isn't given its own direct route within the plans.

“It is disappointing that, once again, the sport and physical activity sector and the contribution it makes to developing young people has been overlooked,” said CIMSPA CEO Tara Dillon.

“We have to make a better case for the impact our sector has on equipping young people with skills for life. The sector employs over 500,000 and is one which young people can join knowing full well there is no glass ceiling to their progression.”

Controversially, the Post-16 skills plan includes the proposal to have just one awarding organisation for each of the 15 routes. CIMSPA says it will work with the government to discuss how the sector can influence the rollout and implementation of the recommendations, but emphasised it does not wish to see “a qualifications-awarding monopoly.”

Dillon added that CIMSPA will work to ensure that, going forwards, the sport and physical activity sector plays a more prominent part in government thinking on education and skills than has been the case to date.

She added: “Tackling inactivity has been put firmly on the health and sporting policy agenda; our job is to now do the same in the area of education and skills.”