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Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is an AoC Sport project to support colleges to enhance and develop volunteering programmes for their students.

The aims of the academy are to get more college students volunteering in sport and physical activity and to diversify the volunteer workforce.

Any AoC Sport member college can register to be part of the Leadership Academy, whether they have an existing volunteer programme or not. The diagram below shows the structure of the Leadership Academy as well as the expectations of colleges.


How to get involved

Registration for the Leadership Academy for the 2022/23 academic year is now open. Please fill out the short form - Leadership Academy Registration 2022-23 (

Information about the different opportunities within the Leadership Academy willl be sent directly to registered colleges, and a general overview of each programme can be found on the links below.

If you have any questions please contact or

Find out more about the programmes we run:

  • Inclusion Ambassadors integrate student volunteers into disability specific sport and physical activity as well as inclusive activity.
  • This Girl Can Ambassadors promote and inspire other females within their colleges to participate in sport and physical activity whilst raising awareness of the Sport England This Girl Can campaign.
  • Mental Health Ambassadors promote the physical activity benefits on mental health and wellbeing and to support students experiencing mental health problems to become more active.  
  • Volunteer Recognition scheme rewards and recognises the student volunteer workforce in further education with monthly awards and prizes.
  • Officiating Hubs provide students with subsidised officiating qualifications and the opportunity to put the qualifications into practice through regional tournaments and league competitions.
  • Development Fund - Leadership Academy colleges can apply for funding to support and develop their volunteering programmes. This includes initiatives aimed at diversifying volunteers and innovative engagement projects.

Expectations of colleges

The various programmes within the Leadership Academy have different expectations for the colleges that are accessing them.

All colleges that access the overall benefits of the Leadership Academy will need to ensure any student volunteers that engage in any part of the Leadership Academy complete a personal development survey to show the impact volunteering has had on them.


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