Women in SAPCA Webinar Attracts Top Level Audience

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The Women in SAPCA Webinar held yesterday (16 July) attracted a large audience of industry professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.

Chaired by Kathryn Severn, one of the driving forces behind the Women in SAPCA initiative, the online event featured guest speaker Sue Anstiss MBE, a sports entrepreneur and founding Trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust.

Anstiss shared varied lessons from her career path, such as obstacles she has had to overcome, the principles that she works by, and the importance of working outside her comfort zone.

As well as SAPCA members from across the sector, those tuning in involved representatives of national governing bodies and organisations from a wide range of sports – including football, cricket, netball, hockey and athletics.

Other bodies represented on the day were Sport England, UK Sport, ParalympicsGB, Youth Sports Trust and ukactive – and delegates also included elite female athletes.

“The webinar was a great success and the immediate feedback has been that many people found Sue’s message really interesting and relatable,” Severn says.

“It was great to see that, during the open forum following Sue’s talk, there were so many raising their hands and asking questions.”

The webinar is part of a programme of events and projects planned for Women in SAPCA, a professional networking initiative launched earlier this year. The platform has been set up to support the careers and future progression of women within the UK’s sports and play construction industry.

Future events will include workshops, talks and seminars, with the intention of linking the content and themes with SAPCA’s existing educational and training programmes, as well as specific challenges and issues identified by the network and its members.

To view a video recording of the webinar, please click here.

Find out more about Women in SAPCA here.