NFF’s Head of Women Football, Ruth David, has expressed joy at being among the 35 participants of Fifa’s Female Leadership Development Programme that began at The Home of FIFA, Zurich last week.
David said that she felt fulfilled meeting world football’s top figures like Fifa President Gianni Infantino and Secretary General Fatma Samoura, and being part of a course aimed at identifying, supporting and developing strong female leaders in football, as well as providing opportunities for women to access senior decision –making positions in the game.
“I am very happy to be part of this programme. It consists of three modules to last nine months. I was given an Accelerator project to work on, like the other participants, and each of us has a mentor and a coach.
“My project is on ‘Education for Character Moulding and Career Enhancement among Female Football Players in Nigeria’, and this has already received the endorsement of the coordinators.”
David said the first module focused on making the participants better leaders, the virtues of discipline and humility, importance of team work, self-confidence and how to face challenges on the job.
The FLDP is part of Fifa’s portfolio of women’s football development programmes for the period 2015-2018. Launched in 2015 to ensure that there are female role models and women at decision –making levels in football, the FLDP aims to identify, support and develop strong female leaders in sport, while advocating for women to access senior decision –making positions globally.