Copeland School Sports Partnership – ‘Copeland Young Sports Leaders Academy’

Copeland School Sports Partnership were thrilled when the funding was confirmed for their Young Sports Leader Academy, which meant they were able to provide training for 120 young people. Current funding only allowed them to provide training for 30 young people, so the Copeland Community Fund contribution provided a much needed resource in Copeland.

The young volunteers aged 14-18 years are given training and voluntary experience of organising, leading, coaching and officiating primary sports festivals. This experience and training gives them transferable skills for employment and applications to university.
Sonia Dryden, Project Manager said “this project allows young people in Copeland to develop their skills through sports volunteering and we have some fantastic volunteers who are continuing their volunteering in sports clubs, so we are providing a workforce that is qualified and motivated. These young sports leaders are also becoming role models for primary school children so they are inspired to increase their participation in sport and physical activity”.

Other funding has come from each secondary school – primary schools consortium and the school sports partnerships own funds.


•4 part time Jobs Safeguarded/Created.
•120 New Volunteering Opportunities
•120 Local People assisted in their Skills Development
•4690 Local People with access to Community Sport/Health/Cultural Opportunities/Facilities


1. Raising the aspirations of the young people in the Copeland community.
2. Improving the life chances of young people in Copeland.
3. To assist in the continuation of a solid volunteer base for sports clubs and community groups in Copeland.