People Development

International Leadership Programme (ILP)

For the UK to have a strong, respected and supportive voice in international sport, we believe it is important to support credible, high-calibre individuals from the UK to attain leadership positions in international sporting organisations.

To achieve this, we have developed a comprehensive People Development programme, which includes our flagship International Leadership Programme (ILP), bespoke seminars and workshops, and the management of a vibrant International Relations network.  The latter comprises UK post-holders within International Federations and senior individuals from NGBs and partners active in international sport.

The ILP targets high calibre British sports administrators and retired athletes from National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and other national partners to develop their knowledge, expertise, skills and relationships to operate effectively in - and make a tangible and positive impact on- the development and governance of international sport. Tailored modules cover major themes including the international sporting landscape, building powerful relationships, negotiating and influencing techniques, cross-cultural working, sport governance and communicating effectively with international audiences. Participants also benefit from specific personal development opportunities and on completion, join an ever growing and influential ‘ILP Alumni’ network of more than 100 graduates. Click here for a list of those on our 2017-19 ILP Programme. 

Alongside the ILP, we also provide the opportunity for our wider International Relations network to attend bespoke seminars and workshops. This includes our annual IR Seminar, organised jointly with the BOA and BPA; and a series of targeted workshops throughout the year which cover prominent topics and developments within the international Olympic and Paralympic landscape.

To promote the development and knowledge sharing within our International Relations network, we also provide networking opportunities primarily at some of our funded Major Events in the UK. Other areas of our People Development programme include targeted support for UK nominees seeking senior positions on International Federations; and bespoke support to existing post-holders, as part of our International Relations investment into NGBs.

For more information on our People Development programme, please contact: international.relations@uksport.gov.uk


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Funding Partners
  • Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Official Partners
  • BAE Systems
  • BUPA
  • Sportscover
Strategic Partners
  • British Olympic Association
  • Paralympics GB
  • Sport England
  • Sport Northern Ireland
  • Sport Wales
  • Sport Scotland