Community Sports Leadership

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The University Sport Leadership Award is a fantastic course for anyone looking to develop new skills, increase employability and enable more people to enjoy sport and physical activity at a grassroots level.

It is a national qualification developed through Sports Leaders UK that:

The Course Programme

The course consists of around 30 hours of tutor contact time and a practical assessment where candidates spend a day delivering activity sessions for local primary school children in the University Sports Centre. Candidates must also complete a minimum of 20 hours volunteering in a leadership role and are encouraged to supporting a wide range of University led events within the surrounding community. 

Upcoming Course Dates

The course runs three times during the academic year, in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. 

Dates for our Summer term course 2015 are as follows:

Date Time
  Monday 8 June

10:00 - 15:00

  Tuesday 9 June

10:00 - 15:00

  Wednesday 10 June

10:00 - 15:00

  Thursday 11 June

  (Practical Assessment)

10:00 - 13:00

Participants need to attend all sessions which are held at the University Indoor Sports Centre on Tyndall Avenue.


The costs of the course are subsidised by the University through charitable donations from various sources including the Alumni Foundation and the John Rutley Sport Fund.

University of Bristol students will be charged £30, University staff £60, and general members of the public £90.


Here's what some of our Community Sports Leaders have to say:

"Filled with some endlessly enriching opportunities, sports volunteering has undoubtedly provided some of my highlights while at Bristol University“

"Overall I really enjoyed the course and looking back I felt it really benefited me as I now have a part-time job because I did the course”

“I enrolled on this course to offer up my time to make sport an enjoyable experience for people."

"Everything about volunteering was enjoyable; the sports I helped coach, the tutors that assisted me in doing so and the whole group atmosphere contributed to a fun filled experience."

How To Apply

Download the application form (PDF), and return it to Robbie Fox, by email ( or in hard copy at the Centre for Sport, Exercsie and Health.

The course is normally over-subscribed, so applications will be assessed based on the information that you provide.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Robbie Fox in the Sport Development Team on 0117 3311006