Developing future leaders driving for significance.

The Sport NZ Future Leaders Programme is designed for those in senior leadership roles contributing and influencing at a sector level. Using a design-thinking approach the programme is co-designed by you and uses real challenges and issues from the Sport and Recreation sector. It will provide you with the opportunity to build strong connections with your peers, learning and supporting each other as you move towards the next step in your career. On a personal level, you can expect to further develop your ability to leverage your skills and mindset to bridge the gap between operational and strategic thinking to drive for significance.

The F.L.P will enable you:

Master a range of competencies outlined in the Sport and Recreation ‘Leading Leaders’ Leadership Map
Deepen your knowledge and influence to become a more effective change agent within your organisation and across your community
Reflect on your own development, providing you with practical steps and tools to support you in your next career steps
Have the space to connect and learn from your peers, exploring some of the unique challenges faced within the sector while building a high trust network

The Programme

The Sport NZ Future Leaders Programme is an eight-day residential programme run over a six month period.  Central to the design are your insights, ideas, challenges, and opportunities integrated with cutting edge thinking about leadership development-including what we know about neuroscience, behavioural psychology, and the psychology of learning.  To support deep personal growth, tools include a 360 diagnostic, 1-1 executive coaching, personal feedback, real case studies, guest presentations, experiential learning and peer learning.

Our InvestmentAs part of our commitment to growing and developing leadership across the sector Sport New Zealand will meet all the costs of investing in these opportunities including flights, accommodation and the cost of attending the programme

Your InvestmentBefore you accept a place on our programme you need to be able to commit to investing a significant amount of effort into your own personal development. This includes creating time for preparation, a willingness to apply your learning back in to your workplace and community and reflecting on your personal growth.

How do I get on the programme?Participation in the Future Leaders programme can be via nomination from your Chief Executive, Line Manger or you may nominate yourself. You must have Chief Executive approval to attend our programmes.Nominations open 1 April and close 30 April. Please complete the nomination form below and send it to  Final selection will be made by a panel. Consideration may include but is not limited to:
  • Ability to impact on your organisation and community
  • Commitment to personal and professional development
  • Personal, academic, professional and community achievements
  • Demonstration of collaboration within or beyond your field, and a wider circle of influence than your direct role
Places on the SNZ Leadership programmes are limited to ensure the best possible learning experience and final selection will be via a panel.

To support deep personal growth, tools incorporated into the programme include:


Module One: Wednesday 11.00am 24 July – Thursday 3.30pm 25 July

Module Two: Monday 11.00am 2 September - Tuesday 3.30pm 3 September

Module Three: Monday 11.00am 14 October - Tuesday 3.30pm 15 October

Module Four: Monday 11.00am 25 November - 3.30pm Tuesday 26 November

A 360 diagnostic

Real case studies

Experiential learning

Executive coaching

Guest presentation

Peer coaching

What’s in it for you

Gaining powerful and enduring insights into your strengths and areas to develop and grow
Providing the opportunity to chart your development to ensure you are driving for significance
Receiving a comprehensive 360-degree assessment, along with executive 1-1 coaching to provide you practical steps and tools to support you in your next career steps
Having your learning enhanced by syndicates of your peers, creating and sustaining individual behaviour change through exposure to ‘stretch’ experiences and reflection

Module Structure

Each module has three distinct phases which encourages application of learning and involvement of your Chair to support new learning.


Developing required knowledge and completing activities for explore session.


Extending knowledge, experimenting, experiencing and evaluating options.


Applying tools, techniques, and approaches on the job, Peer coaching in learning syndicates