UK Sport has revealed details of a leadership programme aimed at growing the number of event directors in the UK.

The Event Leaders Programme has been launched to develop and empower talented individuals to be more effective and purposeful leaders, who can “strategically and impactfully” drive a world-leading events programme for their sport.

It will provide an opportunity for current and aspirational events leaders to build upon existing leadership skills, learn new approaches, and crucially, understand how to apply and embed them in the context of their own events.

The Event Leaders Programme is the first of its kind to collaboratively pool events and people development expertise from the entire sport sector and industry partners and applications are open now.  In addition, UK Sport has also launched the Event Leaders Mentoring Network for highly-successful and well-established leaders and directors, who have delivered the biggest sporting events in the world in the UK, to come on board as mentors for the Event Leaders Programme.

Sally Munday, CEO at UK Sport,said: “We want out sporting community to be known internationally for its people-first approach and we are proud to be launching the Event Leaders Programme. On the world stage, we believe that a key USP of the UK’s major events offer is its people – it has a highly-skilled, dedicated and loyal network of event professionals.

“To ensure the UK’s programme of international events continues to set new benchmarks for impact, innovation and quality, we must invest into and support this network who are so integral to our ongoing success. At UK Sport, we want to play our part in ensuring event leaders in our community feel supported, can develop and are in turn able to lead their teams to deliver strategic, ethical and impactful events.”

Applications for both the Event Leaders Programme and the Event Leaders Mentoring Network are open now.

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