Leadership in Sport

Good leaders influence others to work towards a shared vision – which is vitally important in sport, both on and off the pitch, and across various sports careers from coaching to sport management roles. Whether you are a student, or working in the sports sector, CEELS provides you with opportunities to develop your leadership skills. 


"Leadership is about engaging, motivating and inspiring people to become the best that they can be. Leadership is critical because you need those people to drive things forward to champion what you believe in and to join networks to ensure your voice and strategic direction is heard."

Caroline Spanton, National Womens Manager, Welsh Rugby Union.

Leadership for Students 

CEELS will provide a series of inspirational workshops and seminars, delivered by leaders from the worlds of business and sport, that can support your future progression.

Many of our students are already changing lives through the power of sport. From raising awareness of mental health issues to providing doorstep sporting opportunities for deprived communities, our students are really making a difference.

In addition, throughout your studies you will be provided with many opportunities to develop a network of contacts in the sports sector. Whilst you will access leadership opportunities across all our courses, we also have the purpose built MA Leadership in Sport degree which will enhance your leadership skills and sports development knowledge, and prepare you for working in the sports development and management industry. 


Rachel Davies - Sport Studies


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Leadership for Industry Professionals

At the University of South Wales we are committed to creating innovative, adaptable and resilient leaders which will be key to supporting the growth of sport and physical activity.

If you work in the sports sector and want to develop your leadership skills, we offer standalone ‘CPD workshops’, where you can access a single module to gain Level 7 Masters level credits. We also offer the MA in Sports Leadership and Development, which will support your professional development and leadership capacity in the sports industry.

The leadership learning events are part of a drive by the University to enable personal growth and maximise your full potential.  



Mentoring in Sport

As a result of the continued growth and success of the Professional Mentoring Team, the University of South Wales (USW) are now able to offer a number of bespoke Mentoring programmes tailored to suit your mentoring needs. We now deliver a range of mentoring and training packages to organisations within the sports sector and beyond.

Find out more about Mentoring opportunities.


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Sports Leaders UK

We recognise that many young people get involved in sports leadership in their schools and colleges via Sports Leaders UK, Young Ambassadors and other young coaches programmes.

We are keen to offer you the next step in your sports leadership pathway to ensure you continue to develop and hone these skills - and more importantly - put them into practice in the sports industry.

Find out more about Sports Leaders UK programmes.


Leadership and Management for Aspiring Managers

If you are an aspiring senior manager or an existing senior manager that has not had opportunity for self- development, or if you want to unravel some mystery’s surrounding strategy, leadership, change, and your own leadership skills and style, our strategic leadership and management programmes are for you.

These programmes encourage you to meet the challenges encountered in leadership and management head on. The content lends itself to experiential learning, which means that learning needs to be experienced to be transferred.

Find out more about our leadership and management programmes

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Find out more about CEELS


For more information about how CEELS can help you in leadership, please contact:

Chris Emsley
Lecturer Sports Development and Coaching

Tel: 01443 482716
Email: [email protected]