Sportswomen for Change Leadership Forum

International Applicants


Dear Sportswomen for Change from the Arab world!

From March 10-18, 2019, Football United is thrilled to be hosting the second Sportswomen for Change Leadership Forum, a week long residential program that will invite up to 8 emerging female leaders in sport-for-development (S4D) in Arab nations to connect and learn with 8 Australian emerging female leaders. 

The forum, supported by the Commonwealth through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Council for Australian-Arab Relations, will build the capacity of emerging female leaders who are volunteering or working in organisations or clubs using sport to drive positive change in their communities; and promote inclusion and cross-cultural connections.


Know & Grow: Inspirational workshops delivered by expert facilitators to promote self awareness, understand sport for development and social change, and develop story telling and leadership skills.

The sessions will include: Developing your driving force (Leadership philosophy); Presenting with impact; Understand sport’s ability to contribute to social change and development through game design and delivery; team work skills

Connect: Provide a platform for women to network, exchange and foster stronger links between Arab and Australian women, develop greater cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, and establish a long-lasting professional network of women in sport for social change.

Delegates will: explore Sydney’s iconic landmarks; support the delivery of a multicultural girls gala day; engaging in an evening networking event; participate in a Sydney FC flag parade during round 22 of A-League tournament

Make a Change: Forum delegates will develop the skills to influence and drive positive change in their respective communities, using sport and other creative tools, to apply in their respective communities.

Sessions will include topics on advocacy and event management.


We are looking for 8 highly inspirational emerging female young leaders from the Arab world, using sport to promote positive outcomes for your community. You can be a volunteer, or a paid staff member of an organisation or club; your role can be a coordinator, coach, administrator, referee, mentor.

Ideally you are someone who is responsible for delivering and/or designing sports activities within the field of sport for social change and working or volunteering with a credible sport for social change organisation or club.

Main costs* for the forum will be covered.

The Sportswomen for Change Leadership Forum is supported by the Commonwealth through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Proud partners:

  • University of New South Wales

  • Football NSW

  • Gilbert + Tobin

  • Sydney FC

Deadline for registration is: Friday 16th November, 2018


Selection Criteria

  • Young women aged between 18-30 years old

  • Committed to delivering sport for social change and currently volunteering or working with an organisation or club as an administrator, coach, mentor, or referee

  • Interested in getting to know other people from different backgrounds and developing new skills

  • Willing to share your own experiences and knowledge in how your organisation/project uses sport as a tool to promote positive social change through discussions, workshops and sporting activities

  • Be available for the duration of the forum and be able to communicate via internet leading up to the forum

  • Commit to ongoing communication and contribute to the network after the forum

  • Be able to provide a written reference from a professional within your organisation

Applicants must:

  • Have a valid Passport

  • Have good spoken English

  • Submit an online application form

  • Submit a 1 page CV AND a reference letter from a professional within your organisation to

  • Apply for an Australian Visa and pay for the costs upfront - to be reimbursed upon arrival (details provided to successful applicants)

  • Be a citizen of one of the following Arab nations:

    Saudi Arabia
    United Arab Emirates

For more information please download our information pack here:

For the online application form, click here: