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Information Pack 2018

The Women's Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) is dedicated to developing tomorrow's leaders of sport. WSLA provides unique development opportunities for women leaders from around the world to step up, take the lead and make an impact. Since 2014, 138 women from 34 countries have become graduates of the Academy. They come from a range of sports organisations, including:

  • National Olympic and Paralympic Committees
  • International and National Sport Federations
  • Sport for development charities and organisations
  • Sports departments in universities
  • Sports clubs
  • Media consultancy businesses.

Our aim is to bring together another 36 outstanding women leaders from around the world and support them to fulfil their leadership potential and enhance their understanding of the global women and sport movement.

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We are seeking applications from women who:

  1. Are currently in middle management, or recently appointed senior managers or Board members, of sport or sport-for-development organisations
  2. Have key areas of responsibility such as managing staff (or likely to be doing so soon), heading up a specific department, area or project for their organisation
  3. Have the passion and drive to pursue their own professional development
  4. Are committed to influencing change in an organisation or sector of work
  5. Are identified as future leaders by their organisation
  6. Are committed to making a difference to as well as enhancing opportunities for women and girls in and through sport
  7. Have good written and spoken English (min IELTS 6.5). Please note that no translation service will be provided.

By the end of WSLA 2018 participants will have:

  1. Further developed confidence and competence in a range of leadership behaviours
  2. Produced a Personal Development Plan with clear goals
  3. Developed career strategies
  4. Participated in regular networking
  5. Improved intercultural understanding
  6. Developed greater self-awareness.
  7. Gained better knowledge and understanding of the global women and sport movement and the relevance to them
  8. Acquired access to the international WSLA Alumni network and extended their own network.

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WHAT YOU WILL ACHIEVE

Leadership competencies or behaviours
We provide a unique learning environment that supports each participant to further develop their leadership behaviours or competencies that research has shown to be critical to becoming a great leader including:

Providing direction
Providing future direction for an organisation using resources efficiently and effectively to achieve the goals of the organisation. 

Creativity and innovation
Enabling creativity to flourish in people, in how they analyse problems and identify opportunities for innovative solutions.

Performance management
Ensuring there is a culture of continuous personal improvement which people to maximize their potential whilst achieving goals and targets that meet the needs of the business.

Self-management
Planning and taking responsibility for your own success; managing your own emotions in challenging circumstances.

Communication, team and partnership working
Ensuring that messages are understood by an audience; working effectively with internal and external people to ensure that the needs of the business are met.

WHAT WSLA GRADUATES SAY

“Before coming here, I felt my leadership skills needed sharpening. I've changed because I have learnt that we should lead by inspiring instead of leading by imposing. As a woman leader, I have a lot of potential but the first step is building confidence.”

Nancy Njeri Waweru (Vijana Amani Pamoja, Kenya)

 

 

“I have never felt so open and confident…I realise the qualities and confidence I have within myself. Being around the women and being appreciated has really raised my self-esteem…I never thought I had a brighter future but this week has been life-changing.”

Boitumelo Lekalakala (Dlala Ntombazana, South Africa)

 

PRINCIPLES BEHIND WSLA

We know that investing in people is of the utmost importance and that time and money spent in learning and development must pay off.

We fully recognise that changes in behaviour must be embedded and sustained over time and ensuring that people take responsibility for their own self-sustained learning is at the heart of everything we do.

The following principles guide all our activities:

  • The programme will be facilitative rather than prescriptive allowing you to focus on self-sustained learning
  • You will be supported to take ownership of, and responsibility for, your own learning
  • We will create a safe working environment and nurture a sense of collegiality and trust all participants
  • We will develop a set of shared values to encourage reciprocity, mutuality and respect differences and diversity
  • We believe that a flexible approach to meet the diverse needs of specific groups, individuals, and cultures is essential
  • We draw on a variety of theories, ideas, opinions, and approaches to develop learning that ‘sticks’ and we are innovative and creative in our approach
  • The activities will be learner-centred and highly participative using discussion, small/syndicate groups, role plays and scenarios/case studies
  • Evaluation of WSLA will take place throughout the week and will continue post-event, when you have returned to your work-place.

PROGRAMME ELEMENTS

The week-long programme consists of several elements all of which are essential for the critical learning and development that will take place during the WSLA residential week.

Workshops
These are an integral part of the learning process and are designed to meet the needs of participants. They have clear learning outcomes and are tailored to maximise learning; they will be challenging, constructive and highly interactive.

Personal Development Plan
Each participant will produce a Personal Development Plan setting goals on leadership behaviours, career strategies, future opportunities and to consolidate learning.

Home teams
Consist of small groups of participants who meet regularly throughout the residential week. their aim is to help you reflect on learning and raise issues and concerns, discuss hot topics, provide support and encouragement and they play a key role in the evaluation of the week.

Peer support groups
These provide opportunities for you to define, frame and communicate your key challenges and receive support from your colleague. The sessions allow you to have time to reflect on your experiences and to explore ways of doing things differently.

Physical activities
A range of physical activities have been designed to indulge our love of sport, to live our principle of an active lifestyle, to provide a physical challenge, to promote team building, and... to have fun!

Facilitators and guest speakers 
The programme is led by Pauline Harrison and Lucy Faulkner and a team of experienced facilitators, many of whom are WSLA graduates, to inspire you as well as share their experiences. This year we will also be joined by some trainee International Facilitators selected from the WSLA alumni network.  Guest speakers will identify what leadership means to them, what motivates and challenges them as well as providing top tips for participants.

DATES AND VENUE

9.00am on Monday 11 June until 1.30pm on Friday 15 June

The Dome
Bognor Regis Campus
University of Chichester
PO21 1HR

To find out more about the accommodation and the campus follow the links below:

COSTS AND FUNDING

The registration fee includes all relevant facilities and services during the WSLA residential week as follows:

As WSLA 2018 begins at 9.00am on Monday 11 June 2018, accommodation and an evening meal on Sunday 10 June is included in the pricing.

Please note that additional accommodation, subject to availability, can be purchased to cover any requirements prior to Sunday 10 or following the residential week.

The cost to attend WSLA varies according to where your organisation is based. We use the World Bank Table of Economies by Category to structure the pricing.

 

Cost of Residential Week

Band 

Cost in GBP

Band A

£1,900

Band B

£975

Band C

£750

Click here to view the World Bank Table.

We will arrange an invoice and provide details of how to pay in GBP (£) Sterling when places are allocated. Full payment will be due by March 2018. Our cancellation policy will be notified to participants in the acceptance letter.

Participants are responsible for paying their own travel costs to and from the venue. 

Scholarships and travel grants

Each year, WSLA is usually able to offer a few scholarships for registration fees. The Anita White Foundation will also make limited travel grants available to accepted applicants. If you wish to be considered for one of these please provide some information in the application form about your personal circumstances and how a scholarship and/or a travel grant is important to you.

Please note that this does not form part of the selection process for WSLA. Information from participants helps us plan how much fundraising we need to do so we can support as many women as possible to attend WSLA. Our priority for scholarships or travel grants has tended to be Band C countries but not exclusively.

APPLICATION PROCESS

All interested women are asked to submit a completed application form, a current curriculum vitae/resume and an endorsement from your employer. You can do this by completing the electronic application form. 

The application deadline is 10th November 2017.