Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes used the magnificent setting of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium to help identify the next generation of school leaders.

Dame Kelly teamed up with The National College for School Leadership and the Youth Sport Trust to inspire London's future headteachers to take on the rewards and challenges of school leadership in schools and academies with a specialism in sport.

Dame Kelly, who urged headteachers and governors to step up to the challenge and help nurture future heads in her role as National School Sport Champion, said: "London has a number of high quality school leaders making a real success of running our Sport Colleges and we want to maintain this tradition by inspiring the next set of leaders to step up to the challenge."

Julie Whelan, director of education for the Youth Sport Trust, said: "We're delighted that Dame Kelly Holmes is helping to inspire headteachers to bring on the next generation of future heads.  Being a headteacher is an enjoyable, rewarding and challenging role, which really does give people the chance to improve the lives of children and young people.   We're hoping that the event is a step towards bringing on this local leadership talent, which we know exists within Sports Colleges and School Sport partnerships." 

The event was run in partnership by the Youth Sport Trust, a registered charity established to build a brighter future for young people through sport, and the National College for School Leadership NCSL, a national organisation that seeks to develop the potential leaders at every level in schools.

For more information on NCSL visit or phone 0870 0011155.

For more information on the Youth Sport Trust visit or call 020 7278 7208.

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16 Mar 2007