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The Director of Sport in an Independent School

The Director of Sport in an Independent School

This is a long running and popular seminar, which is intended for recently appointed Directors of Sport, and those who intend to apply for these roles in the near future.  The landscape of school sport has changed significantly in recent years, which has impacted upon this role, and what schools are now looking for in their appointments.  The course seeks to clarify the success criteria of the role and illustrate how a leadership approach enables the Director of Sport to achieve more. Through consideration of the issues surrounding independent school sport, it encourages individuals to be clear about what they believe, and what they can offer to a school. It also suggests how candidates for jobs can strengthen their applications, and prepare for interviews.


  • What is a Director of Sport?
  • Becoming a leader
  • Culture building and quality control
  • Leadership, management and administration
  • Establishing aims and goals
  • Building structures and systems
  • Satisfying parental expectations
  • Dealing with difficult colleagues
  • Creating the games programme
  • Participation v performance
  • Choice v compulsion
  • Quality and equality
  • What does “Sport for All” really mean?
  • Building a communication strategy
  • Creating a culture of health and fitness
  • Working with Head and Bursar


1 place £185 2 places £309 4 places £499

Seminar runs 10.00am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


Neil Rollings

Neil was in charge of rugby at four independent schools over a 21 year career, including 10 years as Head Coach at Sedbergh.  He also coached North Schools and England Schools’ President’s XV.  He now advises independent schools on the development of sports coaching programmes, and is a member of the RFU Technical Advisory Group


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