First Ascent partners with SkillsActive to deliver funded leadership programme

First Ascent, endorsed since 2014, was recently able to access a recent funding stream managed by SkillsActive because of their SkillsActive endorsed status.

We had a chat with them to find out more:

First Ascent was established in 1998, by two people who were experienced and passionate leaders. As we enter 2015, we now have three directors and nearly forty associates, supported by a central team of six. Our clients are globally distributed and cover many sectors, including sport.

Our core focus continues to be in helping people and teams to lead and manage effectively. We design and deliver bespoke programmes for each client.

In support of our expansion in recent years, we became ISO9001 approved. We are the exclusive UK distributor of Emergenetics Neuroscience Development Tools and an approved ILM Centre. We are corporate members of the Association for Coaching.

First Ascent began working with SkillsActive in 2014 when we were selected to provide the College Sport Makers Training & Development Programme. We provided two half-day Skill Development Workshops, focussed on marketing and strategy. This programme was endorsed in 2014 and provided us with an excellent opportunity to get to know SkillsActive. In partnership and working with Sport England, we provided an extremely valuable opportunity for delegates to improve their leadership skills.

Later in 2014, SkillsActive led a procurement activity seeking a partner to support the English Cricket Board (ECB). The ECB wished to provide a leadership programme to the County Cricket Boards, who would each nominate one or two attendees. We were delighted to be selected as the partner for the programme.

We are now designing the programme in detail and will shortly provide a sequence of Launch Events across England. Four modules will be provided, each focussing on a different aspect of Leadership. The programme will include the provision of personal leadership profile for each delegate, based upon the latest neuroscience. Each delegate will have the option to achieve a Level 3 or Level 5 Leadership Qualification (via ILM) as part of the programme, with tutorial and assignment support.

In addition to our work with SkillsActive, we work closely with Sport England and UK Sport, as well as the County Sports Partnership and the Sport and Recreation Alliance. As a partner to all of these organisations, we feel able to provide integrative programmes that ultimately develop people working in the sector to perform to their best and deliver to their respective clients.

David Sales, one of the Directors at First Ascent commented “We really value our relationship with SkillsActive, as the team always provide straightforward advice and support, with a true focus on serving their clients. This matches our ethic of being easy to deal with and focussing on measurable outcomes from everything we do.”

First Ascent is not only leading the field of leadership training through incorporation of the latest neuroscience, but also because it provides lifetime mentoring support to all delegates of its programmes. Delegates also gain access to the First Ascent Foundation, which provides workshops in which peers from all sectors come together to share experiences on different aspects of leadership.

For more information about the training that First Ascent offers visit


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