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PADSIS conference 2020

Exclusive member benefits include:

  • Emergency forums - response to the pandemic
  • Online live video forums
  • Webinars with top sports and education figures
  • Exclusive industry-specific resources
  • Online coaching videos
  • Website discussion forum
  • Weekly newsletter and job alerts
  • Discount at Annual Conference
  • Helpline

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Welcome to PADSIS

Important information for Members

We have recently changed our Membership structure and pricing, and are asking all PADSIS members to fill out our renewal form in order that you can get access back to the Members’ area on our website.

If you have already filled out the renewal form, and have yet to receive your login details please check your junk/spam folders. Failing this please contact Helen at to request your login details to be resent.

Welcome to the Professional Association of Directors of Sport in Independent Schools

Welcome to the Professional Association of Directors  of Sport in Independent Schools

PADSIS exists to enhance the quality of leadership and management of sport in independent schools

This body which is endorsed by HMC, GSA, IAPS and ISA, supports the work of teachers responsible for leading the games programme in independent schools of all types.  It aims to help Directors of Sport, Assistant Directors of Sport, SLT, Heads of Department – and people aspiring to these roles – to enhance their leadership and management abilities and to be more effective in delivering a sports programme to meet the needs of the Twenty First century.

PADSIS will provide an environment to encourage the development of strategic vision, together with the application of leadership skills.  This might enable teachers to critically examine the nature and quality of what they provide for pupils of all abilities and levels of enthusiasm.

The place of sport in independent schools, and the expectation of parents, continues to change and evolve.  Nothing in the training of teachers prepares them for the challenge of this unique role, which is fundamental to the market position of every school. The place of PADSIS is to encourage reflection, discussion, the sharing of information and the adaptation of leadership education.

Membership options

  • Individual Membership £85
  • School Membership (unlimited members from the same school) £199
  • Prep School Membership £159 (IAPS Members receive a 20% discount)
  • Overseas Membership £50

All prices include VAT

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Upcoming events

Conference for Directors of Sport in Prep Schools

Conference for  Directors of Sport in Prep Schools, 15 May 2020

This event has been postponed. We are hoping to reschedule for November 2020.

The landscape of prep school sport is a turbulent and rapidly changing one. The Conference programme aims to assist Directors of Sport to raise their awareness of current issues, and develop strategies to address them. This Conference will be of interest to all schools who are impacted by the challenges which prep school sport faces, and wish to build a contemporary strategy to address them.

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Dealing with Parents in School Sport

Dealing with Parents in School Sport

Directors of Sport identify relationships with parents as the most demanding dimension of their role. This new course is aimed at helping them to cope with the requirements and aspirations of all types of parents in independent schools.

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  • 2 weeks 6 days ago PADSIS supports teachers responsible for leading the games programme in independent schools. Helping Directors of Sport, Assistant DoS, SLT & Heads of Department to enhance their leadership and management to deliver a sports programme. Join us:
  • 1 month 1 day ago Watch our latest webinar "Return to School Sport" with staff from Bangkok Patana School online now. Rich Molloy and Cindy Adair give their perspective from Thailand on the issues facing staff and students re-attending schools during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • 1 month 1 week ago Our Membership options and prices are changing! Can we remind existing Members to please fill out the Renewal form at in order to update your Membership to the correct details, thank you.
  • 1 month 3 weeks ago We host regular live online forums during term time discussing all aspects of school sport. It's free for PADSIS members to take part. We are offering free membership during the Covid-19 crisis, however this will end from 1 Oct. Visit to sign up. 2/2

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PADSIS is endorsed by

Sport & Recreation Alliance