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Come on board! Switch the Play's #WhatIf pledge helps our members "get board ready" at a special masterclass

21 November 2019

Come on board! Switch the Play's #WhatIf pledge helps our members "get board ready" at a special masterclass

Another day, another fantastic #WhatIf pledge is put into practice as 20 Women in Football members attended a special Switch the Play masterclass in corporate governance and top tips on how to become "board ready".

Switch the Play is a social enterprise dedicated to preparing athletes for transition into life outside of sport. Back in May this year, they got right behind our ground-breaking #WhatIf campaign, pledging to run a personal development masterclass for women working in, or playing, football.

One of the most common questions Women in Football is asked by its members is about becoming ‘board ready’. How do I get a place on a board? What skills do I need? How do I know if I’m ready to become a board member?

With the support of Switch the Play, those questions were answered!

Their pledge came to fruition at Engine's London base on Wednesday evening when Steve Mitchell (Switch the Play) and Lauren O'Sullivan (The FA) co-hosted the event.

The masterclass was set up to encourage women to take on board memberships and to break down the myths around what it takes to be a Trustee, Director or a Non-Executive Director.

As the photo below shows, this was delivered in a fun and competitive way using a board game that helped show the attendees they can apply for leadership roles and help contribute, and also change the way their sport, or non-sporting organisations, are run.

And yes, it was competitive, but all in great spirits with the attendees clearly enjoying themselves on another empowering Women in Football night thanks to yet another great collaboration.

Thanks to Engine Uk for hosting and supplying refreshments and Switch the Play for sharing their experience and knowledge. Further details about their work can be found here: https://bit.ly/344HA77 

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