The program, in collaboration with Women in Football, is helping 14 women develop towards leadership roles in the football industry.
FIFPRO has featured some of their stories, including Ciara McCormack, a Canadian player helping athletes to combat sexual abuse; Khadija Timera, a Senegalese business school graduate supporting African footballers and Graciana Ravello, a Uruguayan lawyer representing women footballers on a pro-bono basis.
In the first part of the program, they focused on their personal development. In the next phase, they will choose a mentor who can help them reach their objective in the industry. This part of the program is being overseen by Fran Boorman, whose company Goal17.global focuses on mentoring in sports.
We spoke to Boorman about Ready to Board and her work in the football industry.
What happens next for the Ready to Board participants?
We are teaching the participants how to find a mentor. We have asked them to draw up an avatar of the perfect person.
When selecting their perfect mentor, they must focus on their objective and decide who is the right person to help them get there?
If they know that person, that’s great. If they do not, maybe they know someone who does who can put them in contact.