Unified Leaders is a sports leadership programme, funded by Children in Need, to develop the essential life skills, employability and physical wellbeing of young people with SEND through physical activity.
The inclusive training programme works with young people 15 -18 to become sports leaders and positive role models for their peers in and out of school. Young Leaders work to develop skills and knowledge in how to increase physical activity levels to improve the health and wellbeing not only in their own lives but in the lives of others.
Annually we work with up to 50 young people to undertake the I Can Lead Award. Working with our inclusion coaching and mentoring team, they complete a core 12 week programme of physical activity and leadership training.
Delivered in Special School settings, the project aims to create a network of young Unified Sports Leaders. Young people will be supported to build on training to undertake volunteering hours by assisting in the leadership of sessions in their schools and in local communities.
Every year the Young Leaders organise and deliver a Unified Festival of Sport for their peers, enabling them to implement the skills they have learned through the programme of training.
At the event, young people, parents and peers come together to celebrate their achievements by participating in physical activities led by the Unified Leaders network.
Active Fusion will work with local partners will also attend to encourage more local providers to offer their own inclusive provision and provide progression routes for young people to join other community clubs.
The Unified Leaders training focuses on developing leadership and employability skills, including critical life skills such as communication and team work. Working with the specialist Active Fusion coaching and mentoring team they co-deliver activity to build their confidence and capabilities to lead independently.
To test their skills in real world experiences Young Leaders are invited to volunteer and coach alongside our team through our Fusion Communities programme. By providing these experiences we hope to give them the best possible chance to gain employment or progress into further training opportunities post-education.
To find out the impact of the Unified Leaders programme on young people take a look at some stories of our young leaders below.