Talent, Leadership, Character (TLC)

Developing strong, resilient leaders of character that excel in sport, school and life.

TLC is an Aktive led secondary school initiative which uses the power of sport to develop strong resilient leaders of character. The programme is built on 20 years of research and effective practice by Dr Ralph Pim, a recognised global expert in character and leader development through sport. 

TLC is supported by the Coaching Leads from Auckland Sport, Counties Manukau Sport, Sport Waitakere and Harbour Sport.

Programme Objectives

  • To provide coaches and sport directors with a framework for helping athletes and teams excel in sport, in school, and in life.

  • To deliver strategies, techniques, and assessment tools designed to develop character traits and leadership skills.

  • To create an environment of self-discovery and growth for students.

  • To assist coaches gain clarity and conviction of their personal values and how they align with sport.

  • To develop young leaders with character

  • To provide Leadership opportunities

  • To develop the following characteristics:

    1. Self Belief

    2. Self Respect

    3. Self Control

    4. Self Discipline

    5. Self Confidence

Programme Outcomes

TLC launched in 2015 with four pilot schools; Mahurangi College, Rutherford College, Onehunga High and Southern Cross Campus. Results from the initial programme were outstanding with:

  • Increased self- belief and confidence in students

  • Decreased behaviour related issues

  • Increased alignment of sports teams values to the vision, mission and values of each school

  • Improved sporting results from participating teams

  • Parents feedback highlighting positive changes in behaviour of students

  • Improved leadership of students participating in TLC 

To see the TLC programme in action, check out the video below:

Want to become Involved?

If you think your school could benefit from being involved in TLC, please contact Luke Morriss, Coaching & Talent Development Manager

Email: luke.morriss@aktive.org.nz
Phone: 022 010 4532