Club Leadership Programme

An interactive online development programme for club leaders within England Athletics affiliated clubs

England Athletics are investing in our affiliated club network to develop safe, sustainable and successful clubs, with excellent leadership and governance, providing enjoyable opportunities for people to participate and excel.

To aid this we offer a Club Leadership Programme – available to those currently holding leadership positions within clubs, and to those with aspirations to move into a club leadership position in the future.

The programme consists of a series of online training webinars, networking opportunities and access to resources. Throughout the programme, experts within their respective fields will be joining us to impart their knowledge and ideas, and to facilitate networking between clubs and club leaders.

Joining the programme

The club leadership programme is open to all England Athletics affiliated clubs – our recent applications window has closed (on 24 Aug) for the current programme and places.

We look for a whole club commitment. Clubs are expected to nominate two individuals who are free to take part in all of the sessions. One of these nominees should hold a current club leadership position of Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Trustee, Director or President. The second attendee may be a committee member, or an individual lined up for a leadership role in the coming years.

Online meetings and webinars (current programme)

Club leaders launch & online networking meeting: w/c 28 September 2020 | 6.30-8pm
This session will provide an overview of the programme as well as the opportunity for club networking and sharing of best practice.

Club leadership training webinar: Wednesday 21 October 2020 | 6.30-8pm
We will start to look at what makes a great leader and leadership within a voluntary club setting and discuss practical actions that will enable you to develop individual and collective leadership within your club.

Effective committees training webinar: Wednesday 25 November 2020 | 6.30-8pm
We will share a range of tools for structuring your meetings, highlight how to ensure inclusivity and maintain engagement levels throughout, and identify strategies for dealing with challenging meeting participants.

Club structure webinar recording and resources: prerecorded training webinar
There are many different ways in which a sports club can operate. This webinar highlights the different legal structures for a modern day sports club and offers expert advice for your club setting.

Managing and creating change training webinar: Wednesday 27 January 2021 | 6.30-8.30pm
This webinar will focus on sharing a range of strategies for getting buyin and support from volunteers to help manage and create change to further develop your club. We will explore how to manage your level of influence during change, how best to support existing volunteers & those who may show reluctance to change as well as how we can adapt communication styles to get the best out of each other.

Club leaders future planning & online networking meeting: w/c 22 February 2021 | 6.30-8pm
This session will conclude the Autumn/Winter Club Leaders programme and provide an opportunity for sharing progress, challenges and highlights. We will also use this meeting to discuss future support and ongoing opportunities available.