Diversity in Digital Mentoring Programme
Supporting the growth of diverse talent across the industry
The Diversity in Digital Mentoring Programme is a new initiative to educate, encourage and engage a diverse range of talent throughout the UK, from under-represented groups across the sport and digital industries.
Thirteen people from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets have secured a year of support from the content agency including a year-round mentor, and access to a selection of long-term clients, including Channel 4, Team GB and Wimbledon.
Applications were open to individuals who have faced both visible and invisible challenges This could be for any number of reasons; age, beliefs, sexuality, race, disability, gender, all the way through to people facing financial, geographical, health, family or lifestyle challenges.
Each participant will be partnered with a mentor from the LiveWire Sport team for the year to provide additional support and advice. These were allocated based on the experience and aspirations of each participant, and in some cases two mentors have been assigned. The cohort and mentors will meet for the first time on 31st March.
The cohort are: Adam Addicott, a tennis writer from Taunton; Ade Ojigbo, a rugby fan with an enviable task of studying European Politics; Connor Belle, a university student from the West Midlands with a passion for volunteering and aspirations to crack into sport presenting; Emily Chow, a recent graduate currently working in the charity sector but looking to break into the sport industry; Jamie Cullen, no not the musician, but often found at gigs as an official photographer or videographer; Jay Lettman, a channel manager looking to make up for lost time in the industry after previously missing out on opportunities; Jordy Gray, an aspiring social media manager looking to break into F1; Louie Benjamin, a 19-year-old school leaver looking to swap a degree for work experience; Mitul Samji, a creative writer with a passion for sports; Naomi Ogbeta, a six-time British triple jump champion with a talent for video and presenting; Rida Iqbal, an analyst with aspirations to become a consultant, Will Humphrey, a Bristol-based creative writer; and Zahrah Malik, a Manchester City Community student hoping to break down barriers for females in the industry.
The programme is largely remote-based and is designed to be supportive but unintrusive, so participants can continue to work during the programme.
Applications for the 2021 Programme will open in November.
WHO CAN APPLY
- Applicants must be legally permitted to work in the UK
- Applicants must be a resident of the UK
- Applicants must be over 18 (there is no maximum age limit)
- Successful applicants must be available to travel within the UK on occasion during 2021
- Applications are welcomed from anyone who meets the criteria set out above
- There is no entry fee necessary to enter this programme
- Only one entry will be accepted per person
Although all applications will be considered on their individual merits, in order to promote diversity and to increase the participation of those who are currently under-represented in the sport industry, use may be made of the positive action provisions in the Equality Act 2010 when deciding between two equally qualified and talented applicants.
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