World Class Mentoring Program

Where elite sport and business work together. A unique opportunity to spend time with and learn from elite sports people and coaches.

UK Sport

World Class Mentoring Program


Module 1: 6/7 December 2017
Module 2: 20 February 2018
Module 3: 19/20 April 2018
Module 4: 22 June 2018
Module 5: 23/24 August 2018
  • Endorsement day: Run twice a year


£5,000 + VAT
including all residential costs


Two overnight modules and three 1 days modules. 

Contact us

To find out more or to book a place call Linda Murray:
T: +44 (0)7738 225799
Download our brochure

Program overview 

The program is made up of five modules endorsed by UK Sport as part of the unique Ashridge Sports Business Partnership, offers a rare opportunity to develop your mentoring skills alongside elite coaches and leaders from professional sports. Mentoring skills are essential to how today’s leaders influence and inspire. It is becoming increasingly clear that talented millennials are looking for leaders who can mentor them, as well as lead them. This means that your mentoring skills should become an integrated component of your leadership success.

Mentoring talented people within a highly demanding environment requires a methodical understanding of how people flourish under pressure. The worlds of elite business and elite sport both generate intense pressure environments and yet can appear as two different ecosystems. However, there is much to be gained from understanding the winning approaches within each.

Our approach

Mentoring skills become embedded in an individual’s leadership when they are built on their own values, existing skills and model of the world. Our approach will stimulate and challenge you to develop your own model of mentoring, rather than constraining you within a particular academic or published model. Through a mixture of tutor inputs, group work and experiential exercises you will understand and practice mentoring skills and techniques that unlock potential and performance in others.

Program coverage

The World Class Mentoring Program is designed to develop the following mentoring skills:
  • Clarity of your personal mentoring model: advancing your existing leadership skills by developing your authentic model of mentoring
  • Creating effectiveness in the mentoring relationship: establishing and managing expectations, building rapport and creating boundaries both within the relationship and with external sponsoring parties 
  • Enabling insight and a learning environment: helping a mentee enhance or change their skills and behavior for an improved impact 
  • Honing self-awareness: enhancing guided learning whilst minimizing personal bias
  • Keeping track: evaluating your mentoring performance and the impact on your leadership performance
  • World-class basics of mentoring
  • Five fields of intervention, which are:
  1. Tasks and issues
  2. Developing self-awareness
  3. Developing generic skills
  4. Developing effective working relationships
  5. Developing insight and foresight

Endorsement day

The endorsement day will run bi-annually and is arranged externally by UK Sport and independently of the program.

“Developing my own model of mentoring required me to really examine myself and what I stand for very closely. What I have now allows me to be completely authentic in how I engage with people. It is already resulting in deeper and more profound conversations and insights than before for clients.”

Paul Smith, Mott MacDonald

Who is it for?

You are a leader responsible for the performance of others. You know that your role is to accelerate their development and facilitate their achievements and that genuine engagement is the best way to create sustainable and effective working relationships. You are willing to evaluate and renew your own leadership through a mentoring approach in order to release the best potential in others.

Benefits to you and your organization

After this program you will:

  • Motivate others to unlock their full potential
  • Inspire team excellence by demonstrating your own understanding of the challenges of sustainable success in high-performance environments
  • Be able to build and nurture an agile culture capable of responding to volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous demands
  • Have a unique new perspective of yourself and on your performance
  • Have the opportunity to become a UK Sport endorsed mentor, enabling you to mentor some of the brightest and most promising elite coaches within the UK Sport system