As you may be aware, there are only 4% Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) board members, out of a UK population of 14%. Sporting Equals and the University of Leicester have designed the LeaderBoard Academy to equip BAME professionals and former athletes with the skills they need to influence and promote equality and diversity (particularly race equality) in the boardrooms of sport organisations. 

The LeaderBoard Academy is focused on getting talented people onto boards i.e. people who have empathy and an understanding of race equality issues, with the ability to communicate and share that at board level. Our first part of our annual LeaderBoard Academy was held in November with the second part bringing the Academy to a close on 18th January 2019

The Academy's aim is to create a pool of talent that is 'board ready' and prepared to step into positions across sport (both in paid and voluntary roles). Following completion of the Academy module days, Sporting Equals will help support the 'graduates' through mentoring, shadowing, and networking opportunities; as well as match Academy 'graduates' to governance roles within sport.

Our latest cohort will be beginning their journey in the LeaderBoard programme from November 5th 2019. We are extremely pleased to be launching this second wave of the programme and look forward to continuing to shape and change the sports industry through this initiative. 

For further information about the Academy please contact: leaderboard@sportingequals.org.uk