The University of Pretoria Football Club's Administrator, Miss Boitumelo Lekalakala, will be one of a 43 women from 18 countries who will be attending the Women's Sports Leadership Academy's (WSLA) 2015 residential week, hosted by the University of Chichester in London; from the 22nd - 26th June 2015.
She was chosen and supported by a Pretoria-based NGO, Dlala Ntombazana, which empowers women through football. "She has helped us with some of our projects and has been a good role model for the girls we work with. She was within the age range that was needed and looking at the work she does to help us and what she does to help the girls at Tuks; for us she was the ideal candidate," said the Dlala Ntombazana Coordinator Miss Granny Tellie.
"The overall purpose of the WSLA is to increase the confidence and competence of women working in sport in a range of leadership behaviours and also to be a starting point for forming an international network of women sport leaders", according to the organisers. The WLSA is aimed at women who are middle management or board members of sport or sport-for-development organisations, are identified as future leaders by their organisations and are committed to continuous professional development. Some of the content for the residential week include effective leadership, performance management, self-management as well as communication, team and partnership working. The guest speaker at the event's celebration reception will be Kereyn Smith, CEO and General Secretary of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and founding member of the International Working Group on Women in Sport.
The diminutive 25-year old from Soshanguve Block GG is a sport science graduate of the university and a former player of the club's women's programme. She was employed as the club administrator in August 2014.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity and I will use it efectively for my personal development. I hope to learn as much as I can from the all the great women that I will be meeting and I want to use that knowledge and that experience to plough back to my club. I hope to motivate other young women to work hard to achieve their dreams and also live to serve their communities. I have to also keep in mind that I'm not just there representing my club but I am also an ambassador for my country," she said in her thank you speech at a small send-off function hosted by her TuksFootball colleagues as well as the football manager Kenneth Naluvhalani and TuksSport Deputy Director Lydia Monyepao.