Over the coming weeks we will be speaking to many of the 14 women participating in the programme which is in association with ‘Women in Football’.
They come from Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay. The ‘Women in Football’ course is overseen by leaders including its chair Ebru Koksal.
The first of the 14 we spoke to is Ciara McCormack, a board member of the Canadian football player association who is starting up a company to provide support for victims of abuse in sports.
She was raised by Irish parents in Canada. After graduating in Women’s Studies from Yale University, she went on to represent the Republic of Ireland’s football team and played for Danish club Fortuna Hjørring in the 2003 UEFA Women’s Champions League final.
You already have some leadership experience in football.
I started running showcases and advising young women about how to earn sports scholarships in Canadian and U.S universities based on my experience in winning a soccer scholarship. In 2016, I set up my own company TOPP Soccer. I am the Chief Executive and employ two other people. We want to empower teenage players and allow them identify all the different options and help them reach their goals in the game.