Deadline 26th October
Up to £400,000 is being invested by Sport England to increase diversity in sports leadership roles by 2021.
New training, networking, mentoring, deployment support and online activities will be provided to potential candidates, with expressions of interest now being invited from formally constituted organisations to the fund that hopes to provide a list of at least 50 ‘board ready’ diverse candidates to apply for leadership positions by the end of March.
A further 30 candidates are to be targeted by October 2019, another 30 by March 2020 and the final 30 by December 2020.
“Our Towards an Active Nation strategy highlights the importance of increased diversity in leadership as a way of representing the communities we wish to engage in sport and physical activity,” said Phil Smith, Director Of Sport.
“If you have more people with different experiences and perspectives on boards, the leadership is better equipped to make decisions which will not only benefit the organisation but also the customers they wish to serve.”
This funding will provide those who are least likely to fulfil board leadership roles due to their ethnicity, faith, gender or cultural and socio-economic background with specific support so that they feel able to apply for these positions in the future.