ARENA Leadership Development Programme


What is Arena?

ARENA is Sport Ireland's sector specific Leadership Development Programme which is designed for:

- Chief Executives
- Senior Managers
- Individuals with a large span of control

who are employed in sports organisations funded by Sport Ireland and are looking to:

-Develop the skills, acquire the knowledge and understand the behaviours needed to be an effective leader
-Build a professional leadership network within the sports sector

The programme experience and key features

ARENA will be limited to a small group of participants to ensure an optimum learning experience. It will be highly experiential.

ARENA will consist of 3 core modules, namely Responsibility, Relationships and Results. It will include the following elements:

- Leadership strengths based psychometric assessment
- Classroom based learning
- Off-site activities
- Leadership forums
- Networking opportunities and peer support
- Leadership strengths based executive coaching
- Online learning platform and support

The programme modules


MODULE 1: Responsibility

- The Role of the Leader in Sporting Organisations
- The Challenge of Leading in Sport
- Professionalism, Ethics, Principles
- Credibility
- Leader Identity

MODULE 2: Relationships

- Leading Stakeholder Relationships
- Dealing with Conflict
- Negotiation
- Influencing and Persuading
- Building Trust
- Networking for Success

MODULE 3: Results

- Direction: Vision, Mission, Strategy and Values
- Decision Making
- Motivation
- Leading High Performing Teams
- Leading in Difficult Situations

When will the programme run?

The programme will start in September 2017 and run until December 2017.

What are the key dates?

Key Dates 1

ARENA Brochure

The Application Process

To apply, please complete the Application Form and email it to Rachel Fine at by no later than 12.00 p.m. on Friday 16th June 2017.

Applications via post are also acceptable.

ARENA Application Form

All applications will be reviewed by Sport Ireland for eligibility, and applicants will be notified of their status in writing by no later than Friday 23rd June 2017.