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The Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) is a programme of the Anita White Foundation (AWF) at the University of Chichester, developed and delivered by the AWF, Females Achieving Brilliance (FAB) the University of Hertfordshire. Our mission is to provide unique development opportunities for women leaders around the world to step up, take the lead and make an impact.


University of Chichester

The University of Chichester is a regional leader in education-led social, cultural and economic renewal and growth, as well as raising aspirations and widening access to higher education. It has been delivering education and professional training since 1839, when it was one of the country's first colleges to train women for the teaching profession. Chichester has a heritage of intervention in debates concerning gender equality. It is home to the Anita White Foundation (AWF).


Anita White Foundation (AWF)

Launched in 2011 and based at the University of Chichester, the Anita White Foundation (AWF) aims to be internationally recognised for combining ground-breaking academic study, the education and development of women leaders and scholars in sport, and the preservation of heritage for women and sport.  For more information, visit our AWF page.



Females Achieving Brilliance (FAB)

Started in 2009 by Pauline Harrison and Lucy Faulkner who have held senior positions in national governing bodies of sport and have worked in the business of sport and recreation, FAB's vision is to inspire and empower women to be great leaders.

FAB's ambition is to use its unique insights, experiences and networks to provider tailored professional and personal development opportunities that support women in sport to progress on their leadership pathways and increase the confidence and competence of female leaders in sport in the UK.

FAB is a voluntary organisation whose vision is to  based on the founders’ own experiences. Through an annual programme of networking and personal development sessions, the FAB network provides insight and inspiration from female leaders in sport and business to enable more women to develop their leadership skills.

For more information, please visit the FAB website.


The University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire joined the partnership in 2019 and is the UK’s leading business-facing university. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel; focused on transforming its students’ lives through excellent teaching informed by research, business and the professions. Hertfordshire is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good practice in advancing gender equality for all in higher education and holds the Athena SWAN Bronze award. Hertfordshire is leading on the High-Performance Coaches programme (2019-2020).