People Development

International Leadership Programme (ILP)

The ILP is UK Sport’s flagship international leadership development initiative for high calibre British sports administrators and retired athletes. Since its launch in 2006, there have been 8 cohorts of the ILP and the programme forms a critical part of UK Sport’s international relations mission of ensuring ‘the UK has a strong, respected and supportive voice in international sport’.

Through tailored modules and personal development, the ILP helps representatives from UK National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and other national partners to develop the knowledge, expertise, skills and relationships to operate effectively in, and make a tangible and positive impact on, the development and governance of international sport.

Modules cover themes including the international sporting landscape, building powerful relationships, negotiating and influencing techniques, cross-cultural working, international governance and communicating effectively with international audiences. At the end of the programme, participants join an ever growing and influential ‘ILP Alumni’ network.

Further information about the ILP can be found here or please contact UK Sport’s International Relations team at

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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