APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW UNTIL 5PM ON THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER.
In late 2019, we launched the free programme, which includes a year-round LiveWire Sport mentor for each successful applicant, in a bid to support the growth of diverse talent in the digital sport industry.
Each mentor is individually selected based on each person's skillset and aspirations to provide support and advice. In addition, the small group will also benefit from regular group training sessions and hear from guest speakers from a variety of areas within the industry to aid a wider understanding of career development and opportunities.
In 2020, a group of 12 young people were selected to work together on the programme. Due to covid-19, the programme pivoted from venue-based, client learning days to a distanced-based learning programme, with regular weekly calls and bespoke training sessions.
Guests on the programme throughout 2020 included the likes of Ebony Rainford-Brent, Cricket World Cup Winner & Director of Surrey Women's Cricket; Andy Stevenson, Series Producer, Paralympics at Whisper TV; Presenter Manish Bhasin; and Radha Balani, Director of Design & Facilitation at thinkBeyond.
Pranav Soneji, Director and Co-Founder of LiveWire Sport, said: ”The last six months have rightly seen the industry spotlight focus on its lack of diversity and not representing the diverse audiences it serves.
“Our 2020 cohort is a shining example of how diversity from all areas can enrich the industry and audiences, and our next challenge is to ensure they become leaders and decision makers to affect real, long-term change.
“So to anyone looking to break into the digital sport industry, or looking to progress their career following their first steps in the industry, we look forward to hearing from you.”
Reflecting on a recent group task, in which the cohort responded to a RFP in front of a live panel of industry experts, Adam Addicott, a tennis writer born with mild coordinational cerebral palsy, added: “This experience highlights the beauty of the Diversity in Digital Mentoring Programme. People like me would have never had a chance for the experience or gained knowledge in these areas if it wasn't for LiveWire Sport. This is something that's impossible to put a price on.”
Applications for 2021 are open to individuals who have faced challenges in their career development or progression, either visible and invisible. This could be for any number of reasons, be it age, beliefs, sexuality, race, disability, gender, all the way through to people facing financial, geographical, health, family or lifestyle challenges.
The programme will once again be largely remote-based and is designed to be supportive but unintrusive, so participants can continue to work during the programme.
For more information, visit www.livewiresport.com/mentoring