Positive Destinations

We’re so happy to be back delivering this programme again. Like everyone, we’ve had to adapt for COVID-19. Things might be a little different and not all our activities will be starting immediately but our friendly staff are here to help welcome you back.??


We will be working with our partners to offer adapted courses during the different levels of COVID-19 restrictions. We have adapted our courses to include a blend of online learning, live streaming and pre-recorded content, independent study, and face to face outdoor and some indoor delivery where restrictions allow. We are happy to work with your school, or organisation, to create a learning platform that suits your needs. 


Our PD team can deliver short term one day workshops, or longer-term qualifications, to the young people you work with. Here are examples of the different courses we can deliver at your school,or organisation. 


These courses provide young people with an insight into some of the fundamental and transferable skills that are needed in the workplace. The course provides participants with the support to recognise and develop these skills.


We provide workshops that aim to develop communication, teamwork, leadership, and organisation skills, through mock interviews, teamwork tasks and problem-solving challenges.

PD also has a learning library of pre-recorded videos which explore the skills, behaviours, and competencies that Edinburgh Leisure look for when recruiting our sport and physical activity workforce. Our content also includes videos looking at how different life skills are used in sport


One Day Sports LeadersThis one-day course gives participants a glimpse of what to expect on a full Sports Leader Course. It introduces participants to key leadership skills and how to develop these.
SFA 1.1: Introduction to coaching CoursesAn opportunity to gain a coaching qualification with the Scottish FA and take the first step on the SFA’s children’s football coaching pathway. This course will help participants gain an understanding of areas and skills such as effective communication and interaction, using a games-based approach to player development, the role a coach plays and problem solving relating to coaching and delivering sessions. The course is delivered by expert coaches from with the SFA. 

SCQF Level 4 and 5 Qualification in Sports Leadership The Sports Leadership L4/L5 qualifications are aimed at young people who wish to develop their leadership skills, using sport and physical activity as the method of engagement and delivery. These brilliant qualifications help young people learn and demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisation whilst learning to lead basic physical activities to younger people, their peers, older generations and within theircommunity. The courses are a great confidence builder and are a good qualification for young people to add to their CVs – they can earn SCQF credits too. The programmes run as a course of 12 session that are 2 to 3 hours in duration.
NATIONAL POOL LIFEGUARD QUALIFICATION (NPLQ) The NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. The qualification offers an excellent starting point for a career in the leisure industry will successful graduates gain the NPLQ qualification allowing them to work as a Pool Lifeguard with the potential to gain employment after the course. Participants will learn all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR as well as other life skills. The NPLQ is a 6 day course with an theory and pool based evaluation at the end. 

You can get in touch with us by emailing volunteer@edinburghleisure.co.uk or calling 0131 458 2260.


Positive Destinations helps groups of young people learn new skills for the job market. It uses the capacity of sport to transform lives, increase motivation, encourage learning and support personal development. 


The project is targeted at young people Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) and aims to give young people an invaluable insight and experience in the sport and leisure industry. It will also help to instill each young person with work-based skills and work place values which are vital when moving into future employment.



Each group goes through a programme of development over a period of weeks with learning focussed on sports specific coaching courses, for example, studying for sport leadership qualifications. 

After completing the course, participants will be given a work placement at one of Edinburgh Leisure’s venues where they will be immersed in all aspects of the Sport and Leisure management environment. 

Their progress will be closely monitored throughout all stages of the course and they will be given ongoing guidance whether they chose to remain in school or to pursue a career in sport and leisure following their Standard Grade exams.

The project hopes to encourage every young person to progress on to Further or Higher Education and from there into employment within the leisure Industry.  



Young people participating in the programme have provided very positive feedback on their experience, including increased optimism about their future, more structure in their lives and better skills for the workplace. 

Of those who took part 79% said that their confidence had been boosted by the project.

One project participant commented:

“I had been wanting to get into sport, so it is just ideal and been great. I feel a lot better about the future, ten times better.”











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