The Women’s Sports Conference, delivered in partnership between University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) and The Women’s Sports Alliance (WSA), took place on Wednesday, 3rd February, featuring industry professionals from elite athletes and coaches to sports agents and referees.

If you missed the conference, don’t worry! The recording is available now.

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Guest Speakers

Event Host: Phoebe Schecter - American Football Coach / NFL Flag Ambassador

Phoebe Schecter is the first British female and 1 of the first 3 females to hold a season long coaching position with an NFL team, spending a season with the New York’s Buffalo Bills. Schecter is currently a coach for the GB U-19’s, a coach educator and Women’s Development Officer for British American Football Coaches Association (BAFCA), Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for British American Football Association (BAFA), and Athlete Representative for the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Representing Great Britain for the women’s contact American football team and serving as the Team Captain for the past 6 years, Schecter’s passion for football completely encompasses her life. A member of the GB women’s flag football team and England Kabaddi Captain, Schecter has earned over 20 International caps among her sports.

Session 1: Athlete
Georgia Stevens

Georgia Stevens, a final year student at UCFB studying Multimedia Sports Journalism, is a professional footballer, currently playing for Coventry United Ladies FC. She is also featuring on BT Sport's show, Ultimate Goal. Georgia is part of Kick It Out's Game Changers initiative in partnership with UEFA and the Premier League. An Umbro sponsored athlete, who also produces content online, for herself as well as, Copa90, FIFA Club World Cup

Sarah-Jane Perry

Highest/Current World Ranking: 5/6

Sarah-Jane Perry, a professional squash player, is a Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist, World Team Champion, British Open Finalist, British Champion x2, Tour Finals x4 and has 11 World Tour Titles. In addition to her stellar career, Perry also serves as a PSA (Professional Squash Association) Women's President & Board Member, PSA Foundation Trustee and is on the Birmingham 2022 Athlete Advisory Committee.

Session 2: Coach
Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts, Everton Women FC Assistant Manager, started his coaching career in Scotland where he worked for 12 years with the Scottish Football Association as the Development Officer in Edinburgh where the development of the girls and women's game was a huge part of his role. Before joining Everton in December 2018, as part of Willie Kirk's coaching staff competing in the FA Women's Super League, Roberts coached with the Scotland Women's U19 national team, Boroughmuir Thistle and Hibernian Women FC, both in the women's premier league. During the 7 years he spent at Hibernian where Chris worked as both, assistant manager and manager, the club participated in 2 Champions League campaigns. He left Scotland in 2017 to accept the role of assistant manager at Bristol City Women FC where he spent 1 season before joining Everton.

Jane Figueiredo OLY

Team GB Diving Head Coach

Formerly an Olympic athlete herself, Jane Figueiredo is now Head Diving Coach to some of Britain’s top performing divers and runs her training club from the London Aquatics Centre. She is well-known in Great Britain as Tom Daley’s coach, having guided the platform maestro to Olympic bronze in 2016 and his second world title in 2017. However, 20 years ago Zimbabwe-born Jane Figueiredo steered two other great divers to the very top: Russians Vera Ilyina and Yulia Pakhalina, who won the synchro springboard final at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Her resume includes coaching at 5 Olympic games, and aspirations to coach at Tokyo 2020, coach of 6 Olympic medallists and multiple European Champions.

Session 3: Contributor
Prerna Acharya

Prerna Acharya, a final year student at UCFB studying International Football Business, is currently a Board Member and Club Secretary at Imperial Wharf FC. As a part of her She Kicks' scholarship, she attended the Women’s World Cup 2019 in France working in Fan Embassies with She Kicks Magazine and Football Supporters Association. Prerna also has experience in football business and media from working with Snack Media and AFC Basildon

Dale Bennett

Sport Agent in women's football

Dale Bennett, a former professional player for Watford, Brentford and Forest Green Rovers, is working for Specialist4Sports with a talented pool of 16 female Professional Athletes. 

About us

The WSA is an organisation designed to champion the success of the elite, drive the performance levels of high performers and inspire the next generation of talent, in women's sport. WSA Membership benefits include, exclusive discounts, networking events, collaboration opportunities and mentor programmes. Click here to find out more about WSA Membership

UCFB and GIS specialise in preparing professionals to be industry-ready, with a range of undergraduate and Master's degrees as well as professional qualifications, if you want to know more click here

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