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THE Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) equips women working across sport with the leadership qualities and competences necessary to become the next generation of trailblazers.

More than 30 delegates who hold senior management or board positions and work in international federations, sport development bodies, and advocacy organisations across the globe have gathered at the Women in Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) based at the University.

The Academy, now in its fourth year, is co-organised by the University of Chichester Anita White Foundation and Females Achieving Brilliance (FAB). FAB is an international network of established sport leaders of national governing bodies which helps women gain employment in influential or decision-making positions.

Professor Elizabeth Pike, Head of the Department of Sport Development and Management and Chair of the University of Chichester Anita White Foundation, is leading the WSLA delegates across a weeklong residential.

She commented: “Skills, values, strategies, and networking opportunities are at the heart of WSLA. It is facilitated by women who have found success in sport and the programme combines essential elements of self-critical learning and development, personal development planning, national and international support groups, as well as physical activities.”

 

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Since the launch of WSLA in 2014, up to 110 women from more than 30 countries have graduated to become part of a global network. It has included female leaders from major organisations including Sport England, African Union Sports Council, International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG), Seeds of Peace Africa International, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Zimbabwe Cricket, and the Uzbekistan Rowing and Canoe Federation, among others.

Co-organiser Pauline Harrison, co-founder of FAB and previously Chief Executive of England Netball said: “A unique feature of the WSLA residential is the intercultural experiences shared between delegates. Women from all around the world share ideas, values, and policy understandings to enhance their own leadership strategies in sport.”

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One of the 2017 delegate Katie Drain, from the Camanachd Association which facilities the historic Scottish and Irish sport Shinty across the UK, said: “I am really enjoying the WSLA experience, we have already met and networked with people from many sports and countries. It has been interesting to hear the experiences of other women in sport and understand how they lead their organisations.”

To find out more about the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy, and its work in supporting female sport leaders, visit www.chi.ac.uk/wsla.