The Women's Sport Leadership Academy
The Women's Sport Leadership Academy
WSLA provides unique development opportunities for women leaders from around the world to step up, take the lead and make an impact
WSLA comprises a residential programme held annually at the University of Chichester since 2014, facilitator training and support, graduate support, networking and mentoring, research, and programmes delivered under license around the world
Shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Global Award for Gender Equality 2019
Angola Argentina Australia Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Botswana Brazil Burundi Cameroon Canada China Czech Republic Denmark Egypt Finland Germany Guatemala Ivory Coast Hong Kong India Iran Ireland Italy Japan Kenya Kuwait Laos Latvia Lithuania N.Macedonia Malawi Mongolia Nepal
360 graduates based in 62 countries
Netherlands New Zealand Nigeria Palestine Papua New Guinea Philippines Portugal Russia Samoa Serbia Slovakia South Africa Spain St Lucia Sweden Switzerland Tanzania Thailand Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia UAE Uganda UK USA Uzbekistan Vanuatu Zambia Zimbabwe
45 graduates from 23 countries financially supported to attend
We provide a facilitative rather than directed, instruction-based method of learning allowing participants to focus on self-sustained learning
“When I was coming here, I felt my leadership skills needed to be sharpened. I have changed because I have learnt that we should lead by inspiring instead of leading by imposing. I believe that as a woman leader I have a lot of potential but the first step is building confidence. Working in groups allowed me more confidence to share my experiences and easily learn from others. That was a brilliant way of facilitation. I am excited for the future and highly recommend the programme to others. WSLA is inspirational.”
Nancy (Vijana Amani Pamoja, Kenya)
“WSLA is a must for any women within or aspiring to a senior position in sport leadership. It is arguably the best training and education programme I have ever experienced and I would highly recommend the Academy. WSLA has enabled me to grow both professionally and personally”
Stacey (Golf Foundation, UK)
““I have noticed a significant positive contribution in the workplace since Grace came back from WSLA training. She has passion for self-development and she is applying it by coaching and mentoring staff for leadership. We are grateful to WSLA for capacitating Grace with skills which are key not only in the Ministry but in Botswana and globally”
Jacob Momene (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Botswana)
Over 165 organisations have supported their leaders to attend WSLA. Some of those to have regularly supported employees to attend include:
“WSLA gave me lots of different opportunities to play various roles and it’s taking me out of my comfort zone but in a safe environment. I’m working on facilitating, bringing out the coach in me, learning how to ask insightful questions and how to support others around me”
Hannah (England & Wales Cricket Board)
"WSLA is a cultural melting pot, which provides a space for women in sport from across the world to develop their leadership skills and competencies, share their experiences and learn from each other. As such, they bring a depth of insight and experience, which makes for a stimulating environment.”
Tikwiza (Commonwealth Secretariat)
"I now regard myself as a phenomenal woman and am working with my team so they can also believe more in themselves as phenomenal women. I am planning to organise mini workshops borrowing from various sections of the WSLA programme. Thank you, AWF, for providing this platform. The seed planted will surely GROW."
Dorcas (Moving The Goalposts, Kenya)
Do you want to attend a WSLA programme?
WSLA 2020 was planned for 14-19 June 2020. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organising committee took the decision to cancel the residential week. All accepted participants have been offered the opportunity to attend in 2021. However, we do anticipate another application phase from August 2020.
All other existing WSLA programmes have full cohorts.
Please contact us to be added to our promotional mailing list.
We welcome interest from those wishing to host a WSLA-branded programme under a University of Chichester Licence Agreement. Please contact us for more information.
We are actively seeking financial and resource support for the sustainability of WSLA. If you would like to speak to us about this, we look forward to hearing from you about such opportunities.
Do you want to support or host a WSLA programme?
Licensing agreements have been signed with the following partners to host WSLA programmes:
New Zealand Olympic Committee
Women and Sport Botswana
University of Hertfordshire, UK
Zimbabwe Olympic Committee
South Africa Women and Sport Foundation