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We are committed to improving opportunities, value and visibility for women and girls, and supporting their potential through active recreation and sport.

Aktive Women's Leadership Development Programme

Aktive Women's Leadership Development Programme in 2023/24 brings together up to 20 diverse women leaders. There will be limited places available for women from outside of Auckland. The 18-month programme provides a unique learning environment that supports participants to further develop their confidence and leadership competencies, and make an impact on the sport and recreation sector.

About the programme

The Aktive Women's Leadership Development Programme has a facilitative approach. It is based personalised learning with shared experiences and peer coaching, an emphasis on self-reflection, and action learning. 

Participants will: 

  • Further develop confidence and competence in a range of leadership behaviours
  • Produce a Personal Development Plan with clear goals
  • Develop career strategies
  • Participate in regular networking
  • Gain greater self-awareness
  • Have access to mentoring
  • Build better knowledge and understanding of the women and sport movement in New Zealand and globally.

The programme format includes: 

  • Workshops – One 2-day workshop, two 1-day workshops and three online workshops over 18 months commencing August 2023 
  • Personal Development Plans – setting goals on leadership behaviours and career strategies
  • Mentors – providing support throughout the programme.

About the applicants

Applicants should: 

  • Currently be in middle management or recently appointed senior managers of sport or sport-related organisations
  • Have key areas of responsibility such as heading up a specific department/area/project for their organisation or have current responsibility for influencing people and/or managing staff
  • Be identified as future leaders by their organisations, and have the aspiration and commitment to pursue a leadership pathway
  • Be committed to making a difference and enhancing opportunities for women and girls in and through sport
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional development.

Click here for the Programme Information Pack. 

Applications for the 2023 programme are now closed.


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HERA - Everyday Goddess®

HERA – Everyday Goddess aims to empower girls to be more active for life by supporting them to enjoy, participate and become more engaged in physical activity.

It’s about knowing, as a girl, that what drives you to be physically active is unique to you – and HERA celebrates that!

We are supporting this by:

  • Addressing identified barriers​
  • Creating motivators ​
  • Championing and embedding a culture ​
  • Changing the way ‘exercise’ and ‘sport’ are delivered, structured and talked about.

Read our blogs here.

Access tips and tools here designed to get girls active.




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