The FA University Women's Leadership programme focuses on empowering students in the women's game.

Working with the Football Association (FA), the programme aims to unlock the potential of a diverse cohort of female students aspiring to work in the Women & Girls’ game, to help them become competitive when entering the job market. 

What does the programme involve?

The programme aims to bridge the gap between who the students are, and what they are capable of. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills, behaviours, confidence, and professional network. They are supported in defining their career goals and ambitions by exploring and understanding the diverse opportunities that exist in the women’s game.  

The specifics: 

  • The selected participants have three multi-day & one single day touch points across a twelve-month period, including a minimum of two residential stays, featuring networking dinners - a fantastic opportunity for them to begin building their professional network. 
  • They hear from inspirational guest speakers from across the footballing landscape – previous guests include Baroness Sue Campbell, Director of Women’s Football at the FA. 
  • They meet role models for jobs they could have in the next 2-3 years. 

MEET THE 2021-22 COHORT

Amy Louise Farrow

Amy Louise Farrow

University of Central Lancashire

Dream role in sport: Strength and conditioning coach for Arsenal women
Candice Wong Lok Sze

Candice Wong Lok Sze

Holt United Women FC

Dream role in sport: a chiropractor or any medical professional in football
Chantalle Church

Chantalle Church

UCFB Wembley and St Mary's University

My dream role in sport is: to be a part of raising the profile of the women's game
Charlotte Akester

Charlotte Akester

Lincoln United FC

Dream role in sport:  Working in diversity and inclusion in football
Eiri-Wyn Pitman

Eiri-Wyn Pitman

Manchester County FA

Dream role in sport: Sky Sports/ BBC reporter/ journalist, reporting on the PL and WSL
Eliza Williams

Eliza Williams

University of Exeter

Dream role in sport:  Working with Lionesses and expanding women's football internationally
Ellie Maguire

Ellie Maguire

University of Warwick

Dream role in sport: women’s football development for an international governing body
Hannah Masters

Hannah Masters

University of Warwick

Dream role in sport: to manage Team GBs marketing and television coverage at the Olympic and Paralympic games
Izzy Coppel

Izzy Coppel

University of Edinburgh

Dream role in sport: an inclusivity officer across women’s football teams
Leia Rudge

Leia Rudge

Middlesex FA (supported by UCFB Wembley)

Dream role in sport: to be a football manager for a national youth disability team
Louise Mylles

Louise Mylles

Hampshire FA

Dream role in sport: community engagement lead at a premier league club  
Lucy Mcintosh

Lucy Mcintosh

University of Hull

Dream role in sport: a sports rehabilitator/ physiotherapist in professional football
Maddy Pitt

Maddy Pitt

University of East Anglia and Norfolk FA

Dream role in sport: a women’s and girls development officer/ a role in marketing 
Madeline Hurley

Madeline Hurley

Loughborough University

Dream role in sport: working for a charity or sports organisation and provide opportunities for people to enjoy sport and exercise
Megan Short

Megan Short

Prestwich Junior Football Club and Liverpool John Moores University

Dream role in sport: I'd love to be a sport scientist
Niamh Barnett

Niamh Barnett

Prestwich Junior Football

My dream role in sport: work for the FA as a football development manager

Nicole Jones

Nicole Jones

St Mary's University

Dream role in sport: technical director - regional talent centre
Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore

Middlesex FA and UCFB Wembley

My dream role in sport is: a physiotherapist for a first team of women in football
Sara Hamouda

Sara Hamouda

My dream role in sport: a physiotherapist for a first team of women in football
Sian Hills

Sian Hills

UCFB Wembley

My dream role in sport: I'm open to different roles as long as I have the opportunity to make a positive impact!

FIND OUT MORE

Check out the video on the 2019-20 Leader's journey to get a feel for the programme.