12 February 2024


A new #GetOnside pledge promises one future woman in football an amazing inside view of one of the world’s biggest clubs.

The City Football Leadership Institute (CFLI) Next Gen programme returns to Manchester for summer 2024, and they’ve pledged to #GetOnside by offering a fully funded week-long scholarship place to a friend or relative of a Women in Football member.

The Next Gen Manchester programme is a one- or two-week experience which takes students inside the world of City Football Group and Club World Cup champions Manchester City, offering hands-on immersion into the business of sport.

The goal of Next Gen is to provide a transformative educational experience for future sports leaders. The programme connects 14- to 17-year-olds with the global sports industry and gives them a taste of a career in football.

Students will take part in various group activities outside the classroom, including iconic sporting arena tours and football coaching, making their experience truly unforgettable.

Thanks to CFLI’s generous #GetOnside pledge, one lucky next gen WIF will receive a free place on the programme on a course date of their choice, either 21–26 July 2024 or 28 July–2 August 2024.

The Next Gen programme offers residential and non-residential options. The residential offer allows students to experience university living for the first time. Residential participants will be based at the University of Salford’s Peel Park Quarter, benefitting from full board catering and evening activities.

For those living near Manchester, a non-residential option is available with the same packed schedule of immersive learning opportunities and fun activities without the overnight stays and activities.


What to expect 
  • Immersive learning: experience the sports industry first-hand, with interactive workshops and unique behind-the-scenes access 

  • Industry experts: meet a wide range of innovative experts who will cover a series of industry topics 

  • Career development: understand opportunities within the sport industry and start developing your network 

  • Leadership skills: develop skills that can be applied in both the sporting and business worlds  


Next Gen is an experience to remember, from the friends you’ll meet to the learnings you’ll be able to apply to your ongoing education and interest in sport. 

Read more about the Next Gen Manchester 2024 programme  

Attend the Next Gen virtual open house on 5 March

Watch the Next Gen highlights video here  

Read CLFI's Next Gen code of conduct


Apply now

Applications are now open! Any WIF member can submit an application on behalf of an aspiring girl who's looking to kick off a career in the global sports industry. The deadline to submit applications is midnight, Sunday 17 March 2024.

Only applications from Women in Football members will be considered. If you aren’t a member, please join for free. You will receive an update regarding your application at the end of March.

For those who aren't successful in securing the scholarship place but are still keen in attending, you can register now to take advantage of a 15% early bird discount by applying before Monday 11 March 2024.


About City Football Leadership Institute

City Football leadership Institute is a new initiative which aims to connect the next generation of leaders with the sport industry and provides experience of what a career in sport business could look like. In collaboration with City Football Group, this programme is an immersive set of activities led by an impressive group of experts who will provide unique behind-the scenes-access to one of the biggest football clubs in the world – Manchester City.  

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