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Information Pack 2018

The Women's Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) is dedicated to developing tomorrow's leaders of sport. WSLA provides unique development opportunities for women leaders from around the world to step up, take the lead and make an impact. Since 2014, 138 women from 34 countries have become graduates of the Academy.They come from a range of sports organisations, including:

  • National Olympic and Paralympic Committees
  • International and National Sport Federations
  • Sport for development charities and organisations
  • Sports departments in universities
  • Sports clubs
  • Media consultancy businesses.

Our aim is to bring together 30outstanding women leaders  from around the world and support them to fulfil their leadership potential and enhance their understanding of the global women and sport movement. The program will be hosted for the first time in Africa prior to the 7th IWG World Conference On Women and Sport of 17-20 May 2018.

We are seeking applications from women who:

  • Are currently in middle management, or recently appointed senior managers or Board members, of sport or sport-for-development organisations
  • Have key areas of responsibility such as managing staff (or likely to be doing so soon), heading up a specific department, area or project for their organisation
  • Have the passion and drive to pursue their own professional development
  • Are committed to influencing change in an organisation or sector of work
  • Are identified as future leaders by their organisation
  • Are committed to making a difference to as well as enhancing opportunities for women and girls in and through sport
  • Have good written and spoken English (min IELTS 6.5). Please note that no translation service will be provided.

By the end of WSLA Botswana Chapter 2018 participants will have:

  • Further developed confidence and competence in a range of leadership behaviours
  • Produced a Personal Development Plan with clear goals
  • Developed career strategies
  • Participated in regular networking
  • Improved intercultural understanding
  • Developed greater self-awareness.
  • Gained better knowledge and understanding of the global women and sport movement and the relevance to them
  • Acquired access to the international WSLA Alumni network and extended their own network.

Leadership competencies or behaviours

We provide a unique learning environment that supports each participant to further develop their leadership behaviours or competencies that research has shown to be critical to becoming a great leader including:

Providing direction

Providing future direction for an organisation using resources efficiently and effectively to achieve the goals of the organisation.

Creativity and Innovation

Enabling creativity to flourish in people, in how they analyse problems and identify opportunities for innovative solutions.

Performance management

Ensuring there is a culture of continuous personal improvement which people to maximize their potential whilst achieving goals and targets that meet the needs of the business.


Planning and taking responsibility for your own success; managing your own emotions in challenging circumstances.

Communication, team and partnership working

Ensuring that messages are understood by an audience; working effectively with internal and external people to ensure that the needs of the business are met.

What WSLA Graduates say

Rachel Waterman – Sport England

“Before coming here, I felt my leadership skills needed sharpening. I've changed because I have learnt that we should lead by inspiring instead of leading by imposing. As a woman leader, I have a lot of potential but the first step is building confidence.”

Nancy Njeri Waweru (Vijana Amani Pamoja, Kenya)

Jane Booth – Professional Golfers’ Association

“I have never felt so open and confident…I realise the qualities and confidence I have within myself. Being around the women and being appreciated has really raised my self-esteem…I never thought I had a brighter future but this week has been life-changing.”

Boitumelo Lekalakala (Dlala Ntombazana, South Africa)

Principles behind WSLA

We know that investing in people is of the utmost importance and that time and money spent in learning and development must pay off.We fully recognise that changes in behaviour must be embedded and sustained over time and ensuring that people take responsibility for their own self-sustained learning is at the heart of everything we do.The following principles guide all our activities:

  • The programme will be facilitative rather than prescriptive allowing you to focus on self-sustained learning
  • You will be supported to take ownership of, and responsibility for, your own learning
  • We will create a safe working environment and nurture a sense of collegiality and trust all participants
  • We will develop a set of shared values to encourage reciprocity, mutuality and respect differences and diversity
  • We believe that a flexible approach to meet the diverse needs of specific groups, individuals, and cultures is essential
  • We draw on a variety of theories, ideas, opinions, and approaches to develop learning that ‘sticks’ and we are innovative and creative in our approach
  • The activities will be learner-centred and highly participative using discussion, small/syndicate groups, role plays and scenarios/case studies
  • Evaluation of WSLA will take place throughout the week and will continue post-event, when you have returned to your work-place.

Programme Elements

The week-long programme consists of several elements all of which are essential for the critical learning and development that will take place during the WSLA residential week.

Workshops - these arean integral part of the learning process and are designed to meet the needs of participants. They have clear learning outcomes and are tailored to maximise learning; they will be challenging, constructive and highly interactive.

Personal Development Plan- each participant will produce a Personal Development Plan setting goals on leadership behaviours, career strategies, future opportunities and to consolidate learning.

Home teams - consist of small groups of participants who meet regularly throughout the residential week. their aim is to help you reflect on learning and raise issues and concerns, discuss hot topics, provide support and encouragement and they play a key role in the evaluation of the week.

Peer support groups - tthese provide opportunities for you to define, frame and communicate your key challenges and receive support from your colleague. The sessions allow you to have time to reflect on your experiences and to explore ways of doing things differently.

Physical activities– a range of physical activities have been designed to indulge our love of sport, to live our principle of an active lifestyle, to provide a physical challenge, to promote team building, and... to have fun!

Facilitators and guest speakers – the programme is led byPauline Harrison and Lucy Faulkner and a team of experienced facilitators, many of whom are WSLA graduates, to inspire you as well as share their experiences. This year we will also be joined by some trainee International Facilitators selected from the WSLA alumni network. Guest speakers will identify what leadership means to them, what motivates and challenges them as well as providing top tips for participants.

Dates and venue

WSLA Botswana Chapter 2018 runs from 9.00am on Monday 14th May until 4pm on Wednesday 16th May.

Tlotlo Conference Centre


To find out more about the accommodation and Tlotlo Hotel and Conference Centre follow the link below:

Costs and funding

The registration fee includes all relevant facilities and services during the WSLA Botswana Chapter  as follows:

  • All tuition and WSLA course materials
  • All programme components - no hidden extras
  • Accommodation  - Wi-Fi enabled
  • Meals at the Hotel
  • Free internet access in all Accommodation facilities and facilitation rooms

As WSLA Botswana Chapter 2018 begins at 9.00am on Monday 14th May 2018, accommodation and an evening meal on Sunday 13th May is included in the pricing.

Please note that additional accommodation, subject to availability, can be purchased to cover any requirements prior to Sunday 13th or following the residential week.

The cost to attend WSLA Botswana Chapter will be based on whether you are a local participant or from outside Botswana. It will also be based on whether you attend the 7th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport or not as follows;

Cost of Residential Week



Cost in USD

3 Day WSLA residenceprogram only


3 Day WSLA residence program plus conference attendance




3 day WSLA residence program only


3 Day WSLA residence program plus conference attendance


We will arrange an invoice and provide details of how to pay in USD when places are allocated. Full payment will be due by March 2018. Our cancellation policy will be notified to participants in the acceptance letter.

Travel costs

Participants are responsible for paying their own travel costs to and from the venue.

Scholarships and travel grants

The WSLA Botswana chapter will not offer any scholarships or travel grants for this inaugural session. It is the sole responsibility of all participants to ensure that all travel and tuition fees are covered and paid by the above set deadline in order to participate.

The application process

All interested women are asked to submit a completed application form, a current curriculum vitae/resume and an endorsement from your employer. You can do this by downloading application, fill it in and e-mail together with all requires attachments to

The application deadline is 28th February 2018.