Employability  and leadership
through activity

About active leaders

what is active leaders?

Active Leaders is a programme which develops confidence, employability and leadership skills.  Trainees learn to plan and lead fun, physical activity sessions and run events, with signposting towards follow-on work experience, community volunteering and holiday employment opportunities.

The course includes CPR training, basic safeguarding, risk management and provides hands-on experience with younger children.

Active Leaders is aimed at young people in years 10 and above including those in further education or training.

The Active Leader Award is gained by all those who complete the training course. The Active Leader Award is recognised by holiday camp providers including Camp America and Activate, local authorities, community groups, governing bodies, schools and universities.

The new Junior Active Leader programme for primary school children, leads to the Junior Active Leader Award, developing activity ambassadors, leaders of playground activities and independent, confident, responsible role models who can take on a variety of school-based roles.

The Active Leader and Junior Active Leader programmes have received 100% approval and recommendation ratings from participants, parents, teachers and employers. Trained Active Leaders have said the course has been an invaluable help with job applications, work placements, career decisions, personal statements and CVs. 100% of all those taking the Active Leader and Junior Active Leader courses said the training gave them much greater self-confidence.

The Active Leader programmes and awards are accredited by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).


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Our Active Leader video montage outlines the course components. UWE Music Tech graduate, Callum McNeill, composed the original soundtrack. Warwick University graduate Rory McNeill has drawn all the cartoons.


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Our Junior Active Leader video gives first hand insight into the Junior Active Leader course. It has been filmed and edited by one of the first trained Active Leaders, Jack Darnbrough.

what They’re Saying


I joined the course without knowing anyone else but I made new friends and really enjoyed everything I learnt. The Active Leader course helped me to be less anxious and work with other people. It taught me how to lead a group, gave me confidence and helped me look forward to 6th form. I am now training to be a teacher which I absolutely love.

Active Leader

The Active Leader course is brilliant in all respects. I have noticed much greater confidence and communication in the trained Active Leaders. This programme is effective, easy to organise and highly accessible.


The personal reference my son received was meaningful and of a really good quality. He has significantly increased emotional intelligence and a readiness to communicate, be prepared and organised. This has been an excellent course.


For some time we have been looking for a course that would provide our pupils with confidence and skills to help us have active and fun filled playtimes. The Junior Active Leader course has created trusted, responsible role models who lead our more challenging pupils at playtimes in games they have invited and developed. Our teachers have been astounded at what they have achieved! Junior Active Leaders is a brilliant programme which is really simple to organise. Thank you for all it has done for us.

Chris Hirst, Head Teacher Sonning Common Primary School

I loved the experience, it was great to learn a new set of skills that I know will help me in life. The course was interesting and I loved delivering activities to the young people of Wolverhampton. I am a year 11 student and already looking how I can use my experiences to support the community this summer.

Justice Emekwuru, Active Leader

The Active Leader course was a pleasure to host and facilitate at Heath Park. The experiences for our young people have made a real difference to their self esteem, confidence and life ambitions. To watch our Active Leaders deliver opportunities for our local community was a very proud moment in my career. I am excited to see what they will do next following the excellent training they received.

Tom Hind, Heath Park Deputy Headteacher

I am so excited to be able to lead activities and games with all the kids at my school. I feel happy to do my job as a Junior Active Leader. My Mum is so proud of me, she says leading others is a great thing to do.

Lucia, Year 5 Eastwood Village Primary School, Rotherham

Access to the Junior Active Leader Programme has instigated a sense of energy and enthusiasm in sport for our pupils. The buzz to get children active is felt through the school. I look forward to seeing the benefits for pupils resulting from an increased participation in sports and physical activity.

Kirsty Ridley, Headteacher Eastwood Village Primary School, Rotherham

This is an innovative and well thought out programme, delivered by a well-trained and engaging group of trainers. The development of documentation is a particular strength as is the passion of all involved. The course provides a great potential stepping stone for future activity leaders.


our university Partners

  Our growing network of University Paramedic departments provide first aid and CPR training on all Active Leader and           Junior Active Leader courses



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