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Leadership & Volunteering

The County Durham Leadership & Volunteering programme is designed to support young people aged 13+ who are undertaking volunteering and the delivery in schools, community sports clubs FE and HE establishments.

The County Durham Leadership and Volunteering Academy aims to recruit, develop, deploy and reward young volunteers in sport. The wide range of opportunities and training on offer allows each young person to create their own unique volunteering experience, by selecting what they would like to get involved in and where.

Leadership Academy

The County Durham Leadership and Volunteering Academy consists of local academies in each School Games Organiser area (Derwentside, Durham & Chester-le-Street, Easington, Sedgefield, Wear Valley & Teesdale) and in further education colleges. The Academy provides a pathway which enables young volunteers to progress and apply to become Leadership Champions who will learn new skills and be supported to mentor younger leaders.

Within the Leadership Academy, there is the Media Academy which is for young people who would like to get involved in sport volunteering but not necessarily coaching or officiating. The Media Academy is focussed on sports journalism and sports photography as well as social media and blogging.

To become part of the Leadership Academy or Media Academy please contact hello@countydurhamsport.com


Leadership Champions

The Leadership Champions are a group of elite young volunteers who can demonstrate a commitment to volunteering within the county. The programme allows students to learn and develop skills, attend training sessions and open up their volunteering opportunities.

To be eligible you must:

To be part of the County Durham Leadership Champions Programme, contact us on hello@countydurhamsport.com