Workshop #1

The Faculty of Sport Science held its first European Sport Leadership Programme Workshop entitled “The Education of Sport Leaders” on Tuesday, 15th May 2018.  This workshop aimed at introducing the project and its objectives to the Sport Leader Candidates, explaining their roles and discussing various ways to ensure the success of the ESLP project.

The announcement named “Do you want to be a Sport Leader”, for the application was made between 7th April – 7th May 2018. An introduction and information package of the project was sent electronically to all Pamukkale University students (60,000). All students who were interested in the project in becoming a sport leader was invited to the first work shop.

After the announcement of the project, students who are interested in and has filled the application form from the university’ web site (34 applicants) are invited to the workshop via created WhatsApp group.

In 15 May 2018, 24 sport leader candidates participated in the first workshop.

At the end of the workshop students were asked for the interview dates. The selection process of sport leaders was conducted by Associated Professor Özgür Mülazımoğlu Ballı, Assistant Professor Yeliz Ilgar and Assistant Professor Yeter Aytül Dağlı Ekmekçi between the dates 21th - 25th May 2018.

3 project staff participated in education process. The vision and aims of ESLP, introduction of the project staff and objectives are presented by Özgür Mülazımoğlu Ballı.

To improve the governance of University sport across European Universities, to increase student sport participation, well-being, volunteering and developing of personal competences, to raise awareness about the added value of sport and physical activity on personal and professional development of students were outlined and explained.

Characteristics of sports leaders, barriers to participation in sports and incentives, target market selection are presented by Yeter Aytül Dağlı Ekmekçi. Project timeline, duties and responsibilities of sport leaders, coming workshops, and activity planning and evaluation part are presented by Yeliz İlgar.

After the 1. Workshop Dr. Yeliz İlgar has collected from first year students the demand of sport branches which can be implemented in the campus and which are desired by them.

The list of sport activities from most demanded to less is:









Sports branches will be decided later by taking into consideration the university opportunities with the recommendations of the sports leader candidates.

Another important aim of this project was explained in detail. Each Sports Leader/Activator would be part of a Careers and Mentoring programme aimed to enhance Sport Leaders’ personal and professional development whilst engaging in this new role.  Training and development would be delivered during four workshops as well as with the support of a mentor within the workplace.  Employers would meet in person with the undergraduate students on a one to one basis for certain aspects of the programme.  Students would also visit the employers on-site to gain an induction into their workplace. One of the tasks of the mentor would be to hold a mock interview with Sport Leaders.

Students were divided into five groups and were asked to discuss which characteristics and behaviours should a sport leader have, why they need this characteristics and behaviours and how they should behaviour to reflect this characteristic.  Among the qualities mentioned, the students came up with leadership, empathy,        explorer, using body language, innovative, effective communicator, specialized knowledge, social, motivation, original, self-confident, systematically, taking initiative, ethical, creative, good at crisis management, fair, responsible and optimist.

They need this characteristic thus they can lead students in a good way and activate them. They can run the activities effectively and find solution during a time of crisis.

In opinion of the students in terms of achieve these objectives a successful sport leader has to combine the right time, place and way.   

The main duties of the sport leaders were also discussed, and these include, amongst others, the support to the Sports Development Team in the organisation and provision of student recreational sport; to generate sustainable sport participation programmes; to take responsibility for effectively organising and running designated sport sessions; and recording attendance and inputting data into recording systems. 

Prospective Sport Leaders/Activators were split again into five groups and asked to list what they perceive as barriers to participation in sport and physical activity especially from the point of students, how to overcome such barriers and who or what could be supporters at this process.  Amongst the barriers listed by the students, one finds           financial difficulty, low self-confidence, and lack of time, cultural characteristic, and pressure from parents and social environment, non-conforming activities to gender, age etc., healthy problems, and lack of sport facilities, transport, climate, and negative effect of technology, trauma to phobia, unwillingness, and lack of education.

The barriers especially for students in order of priorities are; financial difficulty, transport, lecture timetable, career plans including projects and training courses, dissatisfy sport activities, lack of motivation, pressure from social environment.

Sport leader candidates indicated that free of charge activities, suitable session times, satisfying activities with the expectations and raising awareness of sport benefits will increase sport activities involvement.

 At this process the supporter are emphasised as related departments of the university, student clubs, municipalities, sport clubs, The Ministry of Youth and Sport and sport federations.

In this part of the workshop, students were asked to discuss how they would promote their sport sessions, the reasons for such promotion, and what sport activities they would choose and the target audience.

 The main sports mentioned were fitness, step, tennis, cycle, CrossFit and cardio drumming. They indicate that they can promote the activities via social media, flyers, promotional tables, leaflets, celebrities so they can reach many students. To raise the attendance to the activities tournaments could be organized.

At the end of the workshop students were asked for the interview dates. The selection process of sport leaders was conducted by Associated Professor Özgür Mülazımoğlu Ballı, Assistant Professor Yeliz Ilgar and Assistant Professor Yeter Aytül Dağlı Ekmekçi between the dates 21th - 25th May 2018.

The workshop concluded with a summary of the main duties and responsibilities of the Sport Leaders, and the Project timeline for the next two years. Overall, the workshop was highly successful and all the outcomes were met.  There was a common feeling of enthusiasm, and all participants showed they are very keen and looking forward to the next stages of the project.