4 December 2019
All smiles! Participants at Women in Football and The Adecco Group's special workshop © Brad Merrett
On Tuesday 3 December and Wednesday 4 December, Mayi Cruz Blanco, Eryn Frost and Sarah Stanbridge from The Adecco Group, led two incredible days of workshops with women footballers from clubs across the country.
This was part of The Adecco Group's fantastic #WhatIf 2019 pledge being fulfilled. Twitter UK hosted the group at its UK HQ in London.
Players from Chelsea, Lewes FC, Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford and Carlisle United spent time learning about topics such as transferable skills, social media management and personal brand building, all designed to assist players in managing dual careers or in transitioning from a playing career to the world of work off the pitch.
Day 1 was spent introducing the participants to each other, building trust and learning more about each other's goals and ambitions. A panel discussion with Women in Football's CEO, Jane Purdon, and WiF board members Jo Tongue and Lisa Parfitt, talked about managing a career after football, while players shared stories and experiences of their work and studies.
The attendees also did group work together, trying to decide which skills employees would be looking for in athletes, and also discussed their experiences in managing dual careers. The day ended with mock interviews and CV writing, with players reflecting and journalling at the end of the day.
Day 2 started with social media and brand building - what social media means to the attendees and how best to manage different strands of the media. Discovering your passion was a theme that was woven throughout the day, with the players talking about their own personal beliefs and goals. Finally, leadership skills and developing these rounded off an engaging and inspiring day, with the players subsequently talking about how encouraged and motivated they feel by the group work and shared experiences.
The Adecco Group will be running a second Future Players' Initiative workshop in early 2020; if you would like to join the next workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Women in Football would like to thank The Adecco Group for running this superb workshop and also Twitter UK for hosting and looking after the group so well.
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