My experiences on ukactive Future Leaders

My experiences on ukactive Future Leaders back to list

17 January 2018

By Valerie Copenhagen, UKDS 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I hit submit on my online application to attend and participate in the Future Leaders course earlier this year. Having only been in my role at UK Deaf Sport – an organisation that had recently undergone significant change – for less than 7 months, I was a little low in confidence and feared the direction I was going in my career.

Over the course of the week I met some incredible people, I learnt so much more about the sector, and the networking opportunities were invaluable. Due to my deafness, I worried I was going to struggle with the set-up of the course. But I was supported by members of the group, and I’m so grateful for this. The course was life-changing for so many different reasons, and I regularly refer to my notes and the study books I was inspired to buy soon after.

Having the opportunity to talk to other professionals in the field, share my concerns, and get feedback was an amazing experience. I soon noticed after the course that I had come back to England a different person – a person not only filled with confidence and determination to continue the good work of the organisation and face the challenges I would be presented with on a daily basis, but also an individual who just wants to continue to learn and soak up as much information and knowledge as I can.


So what now? In August we received word that we had been successful in receiving funding, so I’m really pleased to say that not only is the organisation going to be around for a while, but I’m not going anywhere either – I’m here to stay and endeavour to grow within the sport and physical activity sector.  

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