07 Aug 2009

The ASA’s Rachel Washington has been selected as one of 15 participants to take part in the ‘Women and Leadership Development Programme’.

A joint initiative between UK Sport, the British Olympic Foundation and the CCPR, the programme aims to address the low level of women in senior administrative positions in sport.

The programme, now on its second intake after a successful 2006-2009 programme, offers intense training and continuous support throughout and will enable the participants to build leadership skills and maximize their potential, targeted at women to develop their career and personal skills to enable them to compete on equal terms in management. 

This focused initiative is designed for women with the talent and desire to achieve senior positions in sport, the aims of the programme are to:

  • Increase representation by women in leadership positions in sport

  • Build the competence and confidence of women in decision-making positions

  • Increase support among organisations for the contribution women can make to sports leadership

  • Foster networking between women leaders in the UK and internationally.

Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport said:  “WLDP and its impact on the first group of leaders between 2006 and 2009 has been highly successful both at an individual and organisational level. The interim evaluations of the programme highlight that 75% of the participants have been promoted to Director / Senior Management Team level and given greater responsibility, these individuals have demonstrated far greater organisational influence and positively contribute to the high level success of their individual sports organisation.  I am delighted and proud of the widespread appreciation and support for the programme expressed by the participants, organisations and their mentors.”

CCPR’s Chair, Brigid Simmonds, said, “The under-representation of women in sports leadership positions means that not all sports bodies are making the most of the resources which are available to them. WLDP seeks to change that and ensure that more women have the chance to rise to the top.”


For more information please contact the ASA/British Swimming Media Assistant, Lauren Sanderson on 01509 632236 or email

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