What is the Premier’s Sporting Challenge (PSC)  Sport Leadership program?

The PSC Sport Leadership program supports schools in developing leadership opportunities for students through sport and physical activity. The program identifies schools as members of a Sport Leadership Community (SLC) - comprising of at least one secondary school two partner primary schools from a local area. The community is encouraged to share sport expertise, facilities and resources.

What is the aim of the program?

The PSC Sport Leadership program prepares students for active roles in sport and physical activity programs by developing their leadership skills.

How is the program delivered?

The PSC Sport Leadership program is delivered in two phases.

  • Phase 1 - Leading with Action known as LwA for Stage 5 or 6 students.
  • Phase 2 - Learning to Lead known as L2L for students in Stages 3, 4, 5 or 6.

Secondary teachers are offered the opportunity to take a lead role in planning and co-ordinating the delivery of both Phase 1 and 2 for their local SLC. They are identified as Sport Leadership Managers.

Information and resources are provided for SL managers to share with colleagues, principals and students.

Leading with Action (LwA)

Leading with Action commences the preparation of Stage 5 or 6 students to deliver sport specific games and initiative activities to Stage 3 and 4 students at L2L workshops. It involves secondary teachers, ideally Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) or Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR) class teachers, in preparing their students to be sport and physical activity coaches and leaders.

LwA involves:

  • a one day workshop comprising 3 x 90 minute sport specific sessions to develop skills and sport knowledge
  • class time and support from a PASS or SLR teacher to:

o   identify and discuss leadership strategies

o   practise small group management techniques

o   gain confidence with initiative games

o   prepare sport specific lesson plans to use in the L2L workshop.

The one day workshop should be delivered by suitably qualified personnel (either teachers or development officers from state and local sporting organisations) to promote high level skill and knowledge about particular sports. This workshop could be conducted to a group of secondary schools across a SLC.

The scheduling of LwA and L2L workshops can be at the discretion of the Sport Leadership Community. Traditionally LwA has been conducted in second semester  with the L2L workshops held during Semester 1 of the following year.

Learning to Lead (L2L)

L2L is a one day workshop hosted by a nominated school in the Sport Learning Community and sessions are conducted by Stage 5 or 6 students who have completed the LwA training.

Participating schools identify students to participate in the L2L day workshop with numbers limited to:

  • Stage 3 (15-20 students)
  • Year 7   (12 students)
  • Year 8   (12 students)
  • Stage 5 or 6 (20-25 students)

At the workshop students in Stages 3 and 4 rotate through five activity sessions of 45-50 minutes delivered by students in Stage 5 or 6.

Four of the sessions are dedicated to developing sport specific skills and the remaining session explicitly focuses on leadership skills through active participation in initiative games.


How do we apply for the grant funding?

Schools will need to initially apply to be part of the Leading with Action program (Phase 1) which requires a minimum of three secondary schools to participate from their local setting. A nominated host school completes the online application form on behalf of their SLC and funds will be drawn from that school’s account.

Schools can then apply for the Learning to Lead program grant (Phase 2). In this program there needs to be one secondary school and a minimum of two partner primary schools.


What grant can be used for?

Expectations are that grant funding would be used for casual relief, transport and catering for staff to conduct Leading with Action and Learning to Lead programs. Details of these programs can be found on the PSC website at: https://app.education.nsw.gov.au/sport/psc