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Rising Leaders


Rising Leaders is a programme funded by The Football Association (The FA) and delivered by AoC Sport as part of their commitment to increase the diversity of female volunteers and to develop greater equality of opportunities to ensure that more diverse female volunteers aspire to work and volunteer within Football.

This programme is particularly focused on female applicants of Black, Asian, Mixed or other ethnic backgrounds. The FA adopts this classification to refer to members of communities within the UK who identify as ‘other than white’ consistent with the ONS definition of “Ethnic Minority (UK)”.

The programme introduces eight key areas:

  • Building personal capacity
  • Motivation to achieve
  • Powerful communication
  • Planning, organising and delivering
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Collaborative teamwork
  • Creating solutions
  • Providing leadership

2023 was the second year of the programme, and the girls were able to learn and develop their employability skills, to become more positive and confident members of their community while building resilience and helping them being motivated to achieve. The aim was to encourage and support the girls to become future leaders within football.

Applications are now open for Rising Leaders 2024!

Please use the relevant nomination form below

Student (self-nomination) Form:

Staff Nomination Form:

For further information on the programme please contact Chelsea Mulheir, National Women's Football Development Officer.