FA University Women's Leadership Programme

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS)


Closing date:   17 March 2020
Location:   England
Region:   United Kingdom
Employment type:   Volunteer
Salary:   Student Opportunity


Based on FA research into the key behaviours that align to high performance in roles and employability. The FA University Leadership programme aims to support females with aspirations to work within the women’s game to be competitive when they enter the job market. 

Running over 12 months, the programme uses experiential and applied learning experiences, to empower participants by: 

  • Building their confidence and realising their full potential 
  • Developing life skills to take into the workforce
  • Creating and strengthening professional networks
  • Defining career goals and ambitions 
  • Understanding the diverse opportunities that exist in the women’s game.

What’s involved?

  • Five face to face sessions, including three residential stays
  • Support and mentorship from participants institution
  • Continued tasks and activities outside of the five sessions 
  • Challenging participants learnings within real-life work scenarios

Key Dates 

  • 2pm 17 March 2020: Applications close 
  • April 2020: Successful nominees notified 
  • 9 May 2020: Meeting One - Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley (first meeting date)
  • 18 August 2020: Mentor Training 
  • 4 September: Programme induction for students and mentors
  • 4 – 6 September: Residential One
  • 6 – 7 November 2020: Residential Two 
  • 5 – 6 March 2021: Residential Three
  • May 2021: Celebration Event and Leadership Programme Graduation 

Individual criteria 

To be able to participate, you must: 

  • Be a female student 
  • Currently studying full or part-time at an English BUCS Member Higher Education Institution graduating after May 2021. 
  • Aspire to work in a role that supports the Women’s and Girls’ game.
  • Currently be in a supporting role within football or futsal.
    This could be as a volunteer, activator, coach, referee, youth council, Women’s Football or Futsal President or Committee Member, Marketing and Communications Officer, Welfare Officer
  • Have a passion and commitment to making an impact within the Women’s and Girls’ game
  • Be able to demonstrate how you are a role model to others within the game
  • Be committed to investing in your personal and professional development.
  • Be able to attend all dates in different geographical locations
  • Complete any tasks required in between residentials, including readings, mentor sessions and other requirements 
  • Have full support of your university to participate in the FA University Women’s Leadership Programme. See the institution criteria to see university requirements. 

How to apply? 

With a limited number of places available, we are looking for applicants who are motivated and dedicated to the programme, with the full support and commitment from their institution. 

There are four different documents required to support your application. 

Applicants are asked to create the three-minute video to support their application. This can be done on a hand-held device or a free-standing camera. 
Key points to consider to cover: 

  • Why you are applying to be part of the programme?
  • What value will you bring to the group/programme?
  • Why are you passionate and committed to making an impact within Women’s and Girls’ Football?
  • What are your future aspirations in terms of working/volunteering in a role that supports the Women’s and Girls’ game?
  • How are you currently supporting the game? This could be as a volunteer, activator, coach, referee, youth council, Women’s Football and/or Futsal President or Committee Member, Marketing and Communications Officer, Welfare Officer.




Once you’ve completed all the forms and created your video, click here to submit your application.

Applications close on  2pm 17 March 2020. 
Successful nominations will be notified in April 2020. 
If you have any questions or want to know more, please contact Beth Garner, at beth.garner@bucs.org.uk

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