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fls supports the improvement of leadership through sport

Leadership is a fundamental driver of performance for individuals, teams, coaches, administrators and whole organisations. We work with these groups to develop leadership qualities that will aid success whether within or outside the sporting environment.

Our aim is to encourage and facilitate athletes and sporting organisations to invest in leadership development. This includes National Governing Bodies of Sport, universities and clubs.

Directors and Associates have extensive top-level experience in leading and coaching within sport, business, public service and the military. The know-how and knowledge of world-class practices is drawn from all these sectors.

FLS seeks to assist in improving the effectiveness of sports organisations, enhancing sporting performance and enabling athletes to transfer their leadership skills to careers and fields beyond sport.

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‘Winning in Sport and Business’

Several previous FLS workshops had been attended by Geoff Derham, brother-in-law of Paul Nicholls, and a friend of his, Simon Panes, who was previously in charge of sport at Filton College. They had said how horse-racing was seen to be very different to other sports, yet the issues remained the same. They suggested to me that Paul might be interested in being involved in a workshop Paul had been champion trainer 10 times in the past, but not in the two previous years, so he was beginning to harbour doubts and concerns.


what we do

FLS delivers and supports a range of courses and workshops, working with universities, sporting organisations and elite sportsmen and women.


who we are

FLS is led by, and draws knowledge from, four Directors, each of whom is an established leader in sport, high-level business or both.



FLS provides information about articles, research papers and other publications which add knowledge to the emerging field of Leadership through Sport.

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