Young Sports Leaders

The Young Sports Leaders program supports State Sporting Associations (SSAs) to implement new project initiatives relevant to its strategic purpose and key priorities in the areas of coaching and officiating.

The Young Sports Leaders program provides an opportunity for young people aged 14 to 25 years of age to undertake coach or official accreditation, have access to mentoring, learning and development opportunities and an opportunity to coach or officiate in a school, sport specific program or community club setting.

The program creates leaders by giving young people an accreditation pathway in coaching and officiating, creates community role models and pursues the government’s goals of increasing qualified volunteers in the industry and widens the perception and definition of what sport participation is. 

Priority will be given to projects that have both a coach and official focus within a metropolitan and regional context and that provide additional learning and development opportunities to participants to enhance their ability to coach or officiate. 

Application process

  1. Read the guidelines and criteria for the Young Sports Leaders program and make sure all budget items are eligible.
  2. Formulate a project plan and then contact Project Officer, Organisational Development or your Sport and Recreation (WA) Sports Consultant, as outlined in the guidelines to discuss your project idea further.
  3. Complete and submit the finalised application (hard copy) and project proposal by the closing date. You will be required to complete the Sport and Recreation (WA) generic application form and submit a project proposal that outlines your project and intended methodology to achieve key objectives. 

Sport and Recreation (WA) will process the application and may seek clarification, if deemed necessary, before making a recommendation.

Assessment criteria

Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • An officer at Sport and Recreation (WA) was contacted to discuss the project;
  • Is an eligible organisation that meets all of Sport and Recreation (WA) requirements such as; has public liability insurance, is an incorporated association and has an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • The project targets young people 14–25 years of age
  • The organisation clearly demonstrated its capacity to deliver the outcomes of the project
  • The organisation clearly demonstrated the methodology/approach that will be used to deliver the outcomes of the project
  • Aligns to the organisation's strategic direction in the area of coach and official development
  • Suitable practical coaching and officiating opportunities are offered to participants
  • The organisation clearly demonstrated the support, learning and development opportunities and mentoring that will be provided to participants to support their transition into coaching and officiating roles
  • A detailed description of the evaluation that will be undertaken and methodology associated with compiling a final report highlighting; numbers, outcomes achieved, interventions used, lessons learnt, successes, challenges and recommendations for the future.


All applications must be received before 4pm on Monday 30 October 2017 for projects and events commencing between December 2017 and 30 June 2018. 

Please download the application form and return to Aaron Morse, details below.

You are encouraged to discuss your application prior to submitting your application by speaking with either Aaron Morse or you Sport and Recreation (WA) Sports Consultant.

More information

Aaron Morse
Project Officer – Organisation Development
Telephone 08 9492 9758
Email Aaron Morse