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Vodacom URC Women’s Leadership Academy empowers women in sport

PUBLISHED: February 23, 2024


The Vodacom United Rugby Championship has launched its second Women’s Leadership Academy programme for the 2023/24 season.

The Vodacom URC’s WLA is a powerful 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.

The Vodacom URC Women’s Leadership Academy is part of the United Rugby Championship’s focus on growing diversity and inclusion in sport under the competition’s “Take on Tomorrow” programme, which sees the Vodacom URC using their platforms and influence to create a healthier, stronger, more unified next generation who can take on tomorrow.

This is a global call for entries to a programme that has been created to address the 2023 research done by Sporting Insights in partnership with the Women’s Sport Collective, which revealed that 92% of women faced barriers entering the sports industry and that 8 in 10 women would like access to a mentoring programme with women working in sport to assist in their career progression.

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 CV-boosting workshops with leaders in the fields of Broadcasting, Commercial, Marketing, Digital Content and other sectors within the sports industry.

Online registrations for the programme are now open from 8 February through to 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.