Call for Applications | Women’s Sport Leadership Academy 2017


The Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) is dedicated to developing tomorrow’s leaders of sport.

WSLA 2017 is now confirmed and will take place in The Dome, home to the University of Chichester’s Business School, from June 11th-16th 2017.

In June 2017, the fourth Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) will bring together exceptional women, 18 from the UK and 18 from the rest of the world. WSLA provides a unique learning environment designed to further develop leadership competencies and support the women to become the next generation of outstanding sport’s leaders.

The 2017 cohort will join the global network of over 100 WSLA graduates.

The main component of the Academy is a week-long residential at the University of Chichester. Combining the essential elements for self-critical learning and development, the unique learning environment includes high-profile guest speakers, workshops, personal development planning, national and international support groups, as well as physical activities.

The content of the residential week will focus on various leadership behaviours or competencies that research shows to be critical to becoming a great leader.

The week will also develop your understanding of the global women and sport movement and support you to recognise your role in this.

The focus on competencies/behaviours will include:

  • 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.

Principles behind WSLA

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

We fully recognise that changes in behaviour have to 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 will guide all the week’s 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 in order 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 a number of elements all of which are essential for the critical learning and development that will take place during the WSLA residential week.

  • Workshops
    Workshops 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 of you will produce a Personal Development Plan setting goals on leadership behaviours, career strategies, future opportunities and to consolidate learning.
  • Home teams
    These 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
    This element focuses on peer support and providing 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 will be 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!
  • Guest speakers
    Guest speakers will be at WSLA to inspire you and share their experiences. They will identify what leadership means to them, what motivates and challenges them and will provide top tips for participants.

Dates and Venue

WSLA 2017 runs from 9.00am on Monday 12th June until Friday 16th 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 WSLA 2017 begins at 9.00am on Monday 12th June 2017, accommodation and an evening meal on Sunday 11th June is included in the pricing.

Please note that additional accommodation, subject to availability, can be purchased to cover any requirements prior to Sunday 11th 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 £1,850
Band B £950
Band C £750

Click here to view the World Bank Table.

We will arrange invoices and details of how to pay in GBP (£) Sterling when places are allocated. Full payment will be due by the end of March 2017. Our cancellation policy will be notified to participants in the acceptance letter.

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

The Application Process

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

The application deadline is 30th November 2016.

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