Open to participants aged 14-25, the programme takes place at various citywide venues and there are no costs to pupils wishing to take part. Participants will be mentored by the Active Schools Coordinator in their area.
The programme has bronze, silver and gold levels within it and participants can complete as many levels as they wish to. There is very little written work and the emphasis is on developing leadership skills through participation and working in small groups to deliver activity. The primary focus of the programme is on developing leadership skills and not sports performance.
Each young leader will be required to complete the pre-determined volunteering hours at each level. Within this time, as part of the programme, they will spend time leading sessions. Hours will be agreed with your Active Schools Coordinator and support will be given during your time volunteering. A maximum of two hours volunteering can be logged each week, and these must be completed at an Active Schools club or one of its partner clubs.
The programme is split in to three levels:
Pupils must complete a 14-hour Sports Leaders UK course; complete 30 hours of volunteering, including five hours leading.
Pupils must complete 30 hours of volunteering, including seven hours leading, and complete a two-hour sport-specific workshop.
Pupils must complete 30 hours of volunteering, including 10 hours leading, and complete a NGB Coaching Award, a one-day first aid qualification and organise a one-off sports event or festival.
The skills and experience that participants gain upon completion of each level of the Pupil Leadership Programme will be recognised by North East Scotland College as an alternative to the entry requirements for:
- NCFE Level 2 Sport, Exercise and Fitness ( Bronze Award)
- NCFE Level 3 Sport & Exercise Science ( Silver Award)
- HND Coaching & Developing Sport ( Gold Award)