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ukactive launch Future Leaders

“Don’t be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat: you have to master yourself.” – Olga Korbut (Gymnast)


The number of women in leadership positions continues to dwindle, with women filling a mere 4% of CEO positions globally. Gender diversification is key to driving forward thriving organisations.

With charities like Women in Sport driving forward an agenda to change this, and the successes of Sport England’s This Girl Can and Women Sport Trust’s recent #BeAGameChanger awards, at ukactive we are now seeking to develop inclusivity at board level positions, through our Future Leaders; business development programme.

The topic of female representation at board level was recently discussed in detail by the Network at the Race to the Top event with the Sport+Recreational Alliance. Our view mirrors the opinion, that with a wide pool of talented people actively working to enhance the visibility of women’s sport, the sector must look to women to be part of the conversation at the highest level.

Women in Sport’s Trophy Women? report has highlighted slight growth in the percentage of women on NGB boards. Yet whilst reaching Sport England’s target of 30% female representation, there is still plenty that can and must be done.

In order to help continue to narrow this gender-gap and fill these top level roles, it’s more important than ever that women in the health, fitness, sport and physical activity sector raise the bar and deliver solutions that will inspire this generation.

This year’s ukactive Future Leaders programme, is held at IESE Business School, Barcelona, 17th -22nd July, with dozens of senior level professionals expected to participate. The programme will address a variety of critical business issues that represent both the major internal and external factors influencing sector growth. It will engage attendees in learning and development opportunities that will provide new perspectives, skills and connections to progress personal careers.

The Future Leaders programme costs £5,500 per person, which includes the programme, hotel accommodation for five nights and networking events. Payment can be employer sponsored or individual and ukactive can arrange for payments to be made in instalment.

If you are looking for your chance to transform the visibility of equal opportunities available to women across the sport, physical activity and fitness landscape, and a moment to alter the course of your career – contact ukactive Head of Events Christina Edscer.