New Event Leaders Programme launched for 2021-22

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UK Sport are proud to be launching the inaugural Event Leaders Programme (ELP) – a development journey for current and aspirational Event Directors, be it track, road or multi-terrain.

Applications for this exciting programme are now open and we encourage you to read more about the programme here and join our webinar on 15th March.

We believe that a key USP (Unique Selling Point) of the UK’s major events offer is the people involved. You each are part of this highly skilled, dedicated and loyal network of event professionals and we want to play our part in supporting you and this community.  Our vision is for this programme to support you to be at the forefront of driving events with purpose, leading teams to deliver strategic, ethical and impactful events.

ELP will offer you an opportunity to develop the core competencies of an event leader, learning through experiential modules, network learning and sport-led development over the course of 18 months. It will allow you to explore the complexities unique to events and provide you with the opportunity to learn from experts in leadership and event delivery, whilst building a cross-sector support network.  It will also ensure you are able to build the skills and knowledge from the programme directly into your day to day work and personal development, with collaborative support from your organisation and UK Sport.

For more information, please read the attached prospectus. Application documents can be found on the UK Sport Website and must be submitted by Friday 30th April.

We will also be running a webinar on Monday 15th March at 1pm, which will introduce the programme in more detail and also feature an interview will Sally Bolton OBE, Chief Executive of Wimbledon - The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) on her leadership journey and reflections on the future for event leaders. Please join the webinar via the attached invite.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the webinar.

We look forward to announcing the successful ELP Cohort on 1st June.

Nicola Barker

Major Events Business Manager  at UK Sport