URC Women's Leadership Academy

22 February 2024

URC Women's Leadership Academy

Empowering women on their way to a career in sport 

Deadline for Applications extended to Sunday 25 February

The URC Women’s Leadership Academy programme for the 2023/24 season has extended the deadline for applications to Sunday 25 February.

The URC’s WLA is a drive to encourage greater female representation in the sports workplace, which gives women around the world an opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the best in sport and tap into a global network of women in the business of sport .

Women around the world between the ages of 18-26 can now apply for entrance to the academy. A final selection process will identify 50 successful candidates who will undergo a series of CV-boosting workshops with leaders within the sports industry. 

Online registrations for the programme are now open through to Sunday 25 February.  There are limited spaces available so get your application in now.

Prospective candidates are asked to submit a short video biography of themselves explaining exactly why they want to be a part of the programme and their goals within the sports industry to wla.unitedrugby.com

All participants can graduate and the top “MVP” (Most Valuable Player) graduate will earn work experience at the URC Grand Final on 22 June 2024 and an internship programme to further her career within the sports industry.

The URC WLA boasts an impressive line-up of female leaders and role models who will be sharing their experiences on the programme. Our speakers include: 

  • Ann Austin, WTA Vice President Philanthropy & Community Development
  • Elma Smit, Sports Presenter and content producer
  • Emma Dodds, Sports Broadcaster
  • Madelein Meppelink, former Olympic beach volleyball player
  • Motshidisi Mohono, Sports Anchor/Presenter
  • Samantha Feyzeny, Head of Marketing and Communications, NSW Office of Sport
  • Tiffany Jones, Social Media Manager at Six Nations Rugby
  • Vania King, Former professional tennis player and Consultant for the WTA

A URC WLA Alumni programme has been established to help create a strong and vibrant global network of women working in sport and to empower them through a culture of shared learning and skills transfer that will keep growing the momentum of the academy.

The inaugural alumni group have been offered incredible work opportunities through the networks they have created on the URC Women’s Leadership Academy. 

An anonymous WLA alumni had this to say in her feedback to us - “It was probably one of the best experiences and opportunities. I absolutely loved every single second, and I’ve learned things that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

The URC Women’s Leadership Academy is funded and supported by the CVC Foundation, which has a shared philosophy to partner with organisations that make a positive contribution to society. 

To find out more about the URC Women’s Leadership Academy watch this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxbRun12tFg

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Apply here