The Dorset Leadership Academy Overview

The Youth Sport Trust has identified a network of 50 lead schools to promote opportunities in leadership, volunteering and coaching for children and young people in England. In Dorset, our lead school is based in The Grange School in Christchurch.

Led by Dan Moody and supported by a core set of partners, the Dorset Leadership Academy offers a programme of leadership training to children and young people in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole, and the wider Dorset area.

Through a range of leadership experiences, young people acquire new skills and learn behaviours, which not only develop them as individuals but prepare them to be drivers of change for others. Our collective mission is to create a movement across schools, unifying young leaders with a passion for increasing participation in sport, physical activity, and play.

The Dorset Leadership Academy Programme

The DLA programme for 2022-23 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.

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