Leadership Academy

Want to combine your degree with practical and transferable life skills that you can then take forward in the career of your choice?

From volunteering in local schools, coaching in clubs, engaging the local community or working on both national and international events, there is a range of opportunities that you can get involved with through our Leadership Academy.

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Female leader supports primary school session

What is the Leadership Academy?

Our Leadership Academy offers you the chance to develop your leadership skills through sport with real opportunities on campus and in the community. It's the ideal opportunity to build your CV particularly if you're considering a career in management, education or sport. 

Roles include working with local school children, coaching your fellow students and volunteering at major sporting events on campus. 

No previous experience with sport or volunteering is required and our Leadership Academy team offers extensive support along your leadership journey. Leaders can access our mentoring programme as well as funding for recognised coaching and leadership qualifications. 

How can I get involved?

We have a fantastic range of programmes that student sports leaders can get involved with. Click on the links below to find out more about each role or browse the full listings of our opportunities here. 

Student leader delivers schools activity Sport in Schools

Passionate about your sport? Sport in Schools is a programme offering a series of introductory sessions in one sport to local schoolchildren in Nottingham

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Secondary student tries climbing at David Ross Sports Village Discovery Days

Discovery Days offer local Nottinghamshire schoolchildren the chance to experience University life first hand through a varied range of fun sessions, including sporting activities.

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Sport For Good Sport for Good Nottingham

Sport for Good Nottingham uses the power of sport to drive real social change in the local community. Our leaders work with schoolchildren to develop life skills, design and undertake social action projects.

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Student leader supports boxing session Empower Leaders

Empower Leaders are women, trans and non-binary identifying student leaders work with girls in local schools to empower them to get active and inspire their peers.

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Leader writes on clipboard at inclusive session Inclusive sports leaders

Join our network of leaders supporting our Inclusive sport team across a range of initiatives including on campus sessions, delivering to local schools and assisting para-sport major events.

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Event Volunteering Event Volunteering

We host several major national and international events every year. These events offer students the opportunity to volunteer in a range of support roles including ticketing, team liaison, media and officiating.

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It's such a powerful moment when you see a young person's eyes light up when they master something new or difficult. I gained a lot personally from volunteering but seeing the impact I made on others made it so worthwhile.

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Boxing in Schools programme

What training and support can I access?


We run training sessions at the beginning of each semester for all volunteers and all volunteers working with young people also complete Safeguarding training. Students volunteering at major events may also be asked to complete additional training with the event organisers. 


We work closely with the University's Careers team to help you make the most of your volunteering experience to boost your career prospects. You can take part in the Volunteers and Career Development module, which is worth 10 of the 30 credits required to complete the Nottingham Advantage Award.


Our Leadership Academy Qualification Fund offers financial support towards a coaching qualification or other recognised award. The Fund is currently closed, and will reopen in the new academic year. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Braisby.


We highly value the commitment of our Leadership Academy volunteers. Our volunteering portal allows you the opportunity to track your volunteering hours and earn rewards for your time!

Your questions

No, not at all. Students in any year of their studies, including final year, may join the Leadership Academy. Postgraduate students are also very welcome.

The Leadership Academy caters for all levels of experience and is designed to help you build your skills. It doesn't matter if you haven't led an activity or sports session before and no previous sporting experience is necessary. 

Each programme will require different levels of time commitment. While we try to fit around other commitments, there will be some specific requirements for training and delivery dates. We do advise that students will get out of the programme what they put in and we will be there throughout to support leaders.

Primary pupils jump through hoops at Discovery Day
Would your school like to join one of our programmes?

We work closely with a number of schools to deliver sessions within your school setting or here at the University of Nottingham to enhance your physical education provision and inspire your students to find out more about university life. Schools can also hire our award-winning facilities, including our climbing wall and swimming pool.

Information for teachers