Applications have now closed for the first intake - stay tuned for invitations to the second intake in early 2022
Do you want to be more effective and powerful in your football role? This new Women Onside program could be for you.
The Onside Mentoring program is a new mentoring program that follows up the Women Onside Getting on Board masterclass series from last year. The aim is to help mentees* gain a deeper understanding of football governance and leadership as well as building capacity, connection and community within football.
This program is open to women in football whatever their current roles, including administrators, committee and board members, coaches and referees.
The program will run from July through to December this year. We will match successful applicants with their own experienced mentor. The mentor will have high-level football/sports industry expertise. Mentees will be provided with advice and guidance throughout the six-month program, focused on their current and future football roles.
This mentoring will empower our future game-changing leaders to realise their potential within a specific sphere of influence in the world game.
Our new director, Heather Reid, will act as the facilitator for the mentee-mentor relationships. Heather has vast experience in facilitating similar mentoring programs over several decades. She is also a well-regarded mentor in her own right.
By matching your goals and values with someone with the skills, knowledge and experience to help you achieve your expectations, Heather will faciliate your mentee-mentor relationship and provide ongoing support to help you become a better leader in your field of expertise. (* A mentee is "a person who is advised, trained, or counselled by a mentor".)
Onside Mentoring is a facilitated approach for less experienced leaders to learn from experts who will share their skills, knowledge, lived experiences and networks.
Through the sharing of their lived experiences, mentors will help a less experienced leader to understand how football organisations function, to be more politically savvy and to achieve certain outcomes as identified at the start of the mentoring relationship.
Mentees will create their own personal mentoring plan with an expert mentor in order to identify and work towards achieving specific goals over a six-month period. During this time, mentees and mentors will meet for six to eight times when they will discuss the mentees goals and how to achieve them in the short term, as well as how to gain further education, knowledge and personal improvement for the long term.
Who is Women Onside looking for as mentees?
The program is aimed widely but there are three main guidelines:
· up to 10 women who are currently involved in football across governance, management, coaching (at least NPLW) and refereeing (at least W League panel);
· who must either have completed or commit to undertaking the Getting on Board program; and
· have high-level achievement with aspirations to making a difference in women's football and women in football.
How will the program operate?
The success of any mentoring relationship relies on the mentee being proactive and driving the connection with her mentor.
It is expected the pair will have 6-8 informal meetings, plus induction training and wrap-up. Sessions will be either face-to-face, over the phone or via online platform such as Zoom.
Women Onside will facilitate additional networking and practical sessions around topics that mentors and mentees identify as important during the course of the program.
Women Onside director Heather Reid will act as the pro-bono facilitator for the mentee-mentor relationships. Heather has vast experience in facilitating similar mentoring programs over several decades and is a well-regarded mentor in her own right. By matching your goals and values with someone with the skills, knowledge and experience to help you achieve your expectations, Heather will monitor your mentee-mentor relationship and provide ongoing support to help you become a better leader in your field of expertise.
Phase 1 – Recruitment - expression of interest submitted by 30 June
Phase 2 – Selection - mentee applicants short-listed and approved by 5 July
Phase 3 – Matching - selected mentees matched with best-fit mentors by 12 July
Phase 4 – Kick-off - mentees and mentors sign-off on agreement, program launches and online pre-program training delivered in mid July
Phase 5 – Delivery - regular contact between mentees and mentors begins in July, mid-point evaluation - October
Phase 6 – Close Out late December 2021, in-person event if possible, final formal program evaluation
Expected time commitment for mentees
Women Onside has secured private funding support for this project and plans to achieve financial breakeven overall.
To do so Women Onside would like mentees to make a modest contribution to help cover costs – modest in the sense that, for the program value, it is far less than the amounts charged in most sectors.
On that basis the cost is $150 for mentees who are members of Women Onside or $170 for mentees who are not members of Women Onside, with membership worth $20 to form part of the fee.
We hope that your football organisation – which will directly benefit from your professional development – will assist you in paying this relatively small fee. Nonetheless, we are aware that some key people in women’s football may not be in a position to pay this amount and if you are in this situation we would like you to have a conversation with us about alternative ways of making a contribution.