Shawbrook, the specialist UK savings, development finance, and bridging finance bank, has launched a new leadership programme, Empower Her, with Saracens Foundation, the charitable arm of Saracens. This new initiative, for young women in North London and Hertfordshire, is aiming to inspire the next generation of female leaders.
In April, Shawbrook was announced as the Official Banking Partner of Saracens Rugby Club, embarking on a multi-year partnership with the Championship rugby union side. Both Shawbrook and Saracens hold a strong belief in promoting gender equality and supporting the community, making them ideal partners.
The new programme, funded by Shawbrook Bank and free for participants, will consist of a year long scheme offering skills workshops, practical application and access to leaders. It is for available for 30 young women to take part, to develop personal, leadership and business skills. Half of these are from amateur sports clubs and the other half are elite sports women from Saracens Women’s Rugby and Mavericks Netball teams. At the end of the programme, there will be an opportunity to gain a formal qualification.
Charlie White, development manager at the Saracens Foundation, said: “We run over 30 programmes designed to address a broad range of challenges that impact our community. Gender equality and social mobility are both issues that continue to hold people back from fulfilling their potential are we’re deeply passionate about tackling them.
“Working with Shawbrook Bank to develop the Empower Her programme, we believe we can make a real difference for local young women, providing them with an opportunity to build the skills they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.
“The project will provide a balanced mix of mentoring and workshops that will help to inspire and equip this group of young women to excel in their future careers.”
Jo Grobel, head of CEO Office at Shawbrook Bank, said: “The incredible work that the Saracens Foundation delivers across the region resonates with all of us at Shawbrook. We set out to make a difference together and we’re incredibly proud to be working with them on this new project by not only funding it but also playing an active part throughout.
“We’re also excited by the culmination of the programme, which will see our participants deliver a charity touch-rugby tournament at the StoneX, giving them not just the practical experience of organising, promoting and delivering a major event, but in helping to fund the project next year as Empower Her is designed to be financially self-sustaining.
“Empower Her has the potential to make a big impact and to unlock real opportunity for all those involved, which we couldn’t be prouder to support.”
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