Want to shake up sport from the top down? This course could be for you.

by 0

In Issue 117 of Singletrack – out now – our ‘Quit Your Job’ feature looks at different ways in which people have left their ‘proper’ jobs and moved into the bike industry. Maybe it’s got you thinking about whether there’s a new job for you out there? If you’re a woman and thinking that maybe a new life in sport is for you, read on, for this press release may well be of interest…

‘A ground-breaking scholarship programme aimed at boosting the number of women in top UK sports jobs has been extended to a second year by Manchester Metropolitan University following dozens of applications to the scheme in 2017.

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School is to continue its £9,000 Women in Sports Leadership scholarship, which will this year see two scholarships offered to women from a sports or sport-related business background applying for a place on the university’s acclaimed Master of Sport Directorship (MSD) course.

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Dr Sara Ward, programme director for the MSD course, said: “There is a palpable momentum for change now, and the new rules upping female representation on the boards of national sports bodies will be pivotal in ensuring that we go beyond the 30% threshold of female board members that IS required. As we see more women in sports leadership roles, the aim is that diversity will become integral to sports organisations, rather than an afterthought.”

Becky Easton in lectures.

The MSD equips its graduates for sporting director and other sports leadership roles and has attracted some high profile names including Manchester City Women and England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, and veteran Liverpool midfielder Becky Easton.

The scholarships provide much reduced fees for two female MSD students and were launched in 2017 in response to a survey by the Women in Sport organisation, which found that the number of women in top jobs at UK sporting bodies was falling.

Under UK Sport and Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance, which came into effect in April last year, national sports bodies must now ensure that their boards are made up of at least 30% women in order to receive public funding. The Women in Sport organisation, which campaigns for gender equality in sport, has called for a further push to promote equal representation of women on national sports bodies.

Dr Ward added: “The Women in Sports Leadership scholarship was a success last year. We welcomed seven new female students on to the MSD course and we have already seen a rise in the number of applications from women for the new course which kicks off in September. By encouraging women to upskill for the sports director role we will help more professional sportswomen equip themselves for those vital leadership roles, and encourage others to do the same.”

The scholarships are open to any woman who meets the MSD criteria and consist of a first prize of £6,000 and second prize of £3,000 off the course fees. Applicants should send a CV and a 250-word outline of why they should be considered for the scholarship to donna.ward@mmu.ac.uk, telephone 0161 247 6078, by 27 April. Winners will be announced in May.

For more information on the Masters of Sport Directorship course at Manchester Metropolitan University go to www.mmu.ac.uk/master-of-sport-directorship/

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Leave a Reply