Leadership and Volunteering



Six out of seven of our secondary schools within the partnership currently offer their students the opportunity to achieve a Level 1 award in sports leadership (Formerly JSLA).

Last year over 250 students across the partnership achieved this award, and so far this year we have over 400 students registered on courses!

Four secondary schools offer students the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills by completing the Level 1 award in community sports leadership (Formerly CSLA).

Throughout the year the Partnership also offers a number of other opportunities for students to complete sports specific training courses.

Step Into Sport

Step into Sport is part of the Government’s PE, School Sport and Club Links (PESSCL) strategy. It focuses on young people aged 14-19 years and aims to encourage them to undertake an involvement in sports leadership and volunteering that will continue into later life.

5 important steps have been identified to work towards this goal.

The Step into Sport Pathway:

  • Step 1: Young people engage in a programme of Sport Education at School.
  • Step 2: Young people undertake a nationally recognised Level 1 award in Sports Leadership which is accredited.
  • Step 3: Young people gain practical experience in volunteering through planning and running a TOP link festival for primary aged children.
  • Step 4: Young people undertake community sports leadership training and sport specific leadership training which is accredited.
  • Step 5: Young people participate in a programme of mentored volunteering in their local community. County Sports Partnerships and national governing bodies provide support to the clubs and organisations receiving the young people.