For the second consecutive year, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has decided to award seven scholarships to women wishing to attend the course for Sport Directors organized at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. This year the course will take place from November 8th to 15th.
The Sport Director Training Program was launched by the UCI in 2010. The course is held once a year at the end of the road racing season, and the ensuing exam is now compulsory for anyone working as a Sport Director for a UCI WorldTeam or UCI Professional Continental Team. Although not yet compulsory for UCI Women’s Teams and UCI Continental Teams, the course and exam are highly recommended.
Only a relatively small proportion of women work in the profession of Sport Director, and the percentage of women is also low among the participants of the course aimed at people working in the profession or wanting to perfect their knowledge in this domain. The UCI hopes that awarding scholarships to women will help increase their numbers among Sport Directors of different types of teams and also professionalise the entourage of women’s teams.
With the exception of travel to and from Aigle, the UCI will cover all costs of the course for successful scholarship applicants. This will include full board, the course fees and material.
While priority will be given to women with experience as a Sport Director or rider, scholarship applications are open to any women considering such a career choice. The UCI will study all applications and communicate its decision mid-October.
Applications must be sent to the UCI by September 23rd. Application forms for the course can be found on the UCI website, and applicants for the scholarship should attach a motivation letter to their application file.
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