Dorset Leadership, Volunteering & Coaching

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The Dorset Leadership Academy Overview

The Grange School in Christchurch is the Youth Sport Trust's Lead Partner School for Leadership, Coaching and Volunteering in Dorset. Led by Daniel Moody and supported by key partners, the Dorset Leadership Academy (DLA) programme offers a wide range of leadership training opportunities for children and young people (CYP) in primary, middle, secondary and special schools across BCP and Dorset.

The DLA mission is to create a movement across schools unifying young leaders who have a passion to champion sport, physical activity and play. Through a range of leadership experiences, young people can acquire skills and learn behaviours, which not only develop them as individuals but as drivers of change for others.

The Dorset Leadership Academy Programme

The DLA programme for 2020-21 consists of a wide variety of leadership pathways for children in Key Stage 1 to young people in Key Stage 5

The programme offers training and deployment opportunities to almost 2000 young people across the county each year, and provides support for schools to promote suitable leadership, coaching and volunteering pathways for all young people. For more information please contact your School Games Organiser.

The DLA programme is based on the YST Leadership Framework which recognises that leadership development should help young people to realise their full potential. The ambition is that through play, PE and sport every young person should have the opportunity to lead, to be supported in that journey, and to practice their leadership skills.

Virtual Leadership Academy

The Dorset Virtual Leadership Academy (DVLA) consists of a wide selection of pre-recorded workshops covering a variety of topics to provide training to young people on their leadership journey. The intent is for the virtual programme to run alongside the face-to-face Dorset Leadership Academy, providing additional content for schools to access. The workshops will provide PE departments and PE leaders with flexibility in the way they choose to deliver leadership training.

The workshops have been created for teachers to use with groups of students in the following strands – Young Leaders, Young Ambassadors, Young Coaches, Sports Reporters and Wellbeing Mentors to create the next generation of leaders, officials, coaches and role models. The workshops have been created by a diverse group of sports professionals including athlete mentors such as Kate Grey and Aaron Phipps, along with PE teachers, coaches and School Games Organisers.

If you would like to access the Virtual Programme, please register with Active Dorset here.


Sitting at the heart of the DLA is the Dorset Young People Local Organising Comittee. This alliance is made up of a group of young people who champion the benefits of being involved in the School Games programme and the Leadership Academy programme in BCP and Dorset. They shape the future of both programmes by galvanising opinions from CYP across the county, and informing Active Dorset and the School Games County Alliance of their thoughts and ideas. If you would like any of your Year 9 – Year 13 students to join this Alliance, please inform Active Dorset or your SGO.

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