Good News Friday: Football grants and side hustles

This week, we look at grants for grassroots football, the Black Girl Magic Digital Summit and LinkedIn’s Diversity Nudge

Grassroots football

Starling Bank, the national banking sponsor of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, will be donating twenty-three grants of £1,000 to emerging players and grassroots football clubs to help boost the representation of women in the sport. 

Lorraine Warwick-Ellis, Girls Development Officer of Astley and Tyldesley FC said: “Grassroots clubs are where footballing talent really prospers. Ella Toone, forward for the Lionesses, first trained at Astley and Tyldesley FC and we’ve had lots of sign ups from girls that want to follow in her footsteps. 

“This grant will help us meet that demand by hiring another dedicated coach and buying new kits. It means we can take our tenth girls’ team to the leagues and ensure that our club continues its tradition of creating world class female footballers.”

Main hustle

Dallas' Boss Women Media and Capital One are presenting the fourth consecutive Black Girl Magic Digital Summit, which will premiere on Amazon’s Prime Video, Saturday 27 August. 

Featuring 26 founders, CEOs, and executives, the summit will show how to turn your side hustle into a main hustle.

“We’re on a mission to provide Black women with the tools and education they need to take the next steps toward having more,” said Marty McDonald, founder and CEO of Boss Women Media, in a statement. “The Black Girl Magic Digital Summit is a pivotal part of this mission as it gives us the stage and presence to amplify critical conversations and poignant messages.”

Diversity nudge

To help businesses maximise their approaches to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) LinkedIn Recruiter has welcomed a new prompt to alert hiring professionals as to when they need to broaden the gender diversity in their candidate search. The prompt is called a ‘Diversity Nudge’.

LinkedIn explained: “If gender representation in a given talent pool is unbalanced, a notification will pop up to let you know the male/female ratio of that search. You’ll also receive recommendations of Skills, Locations, and Companies filters you can add to your search to improve the gender balance. For example, if you’re hiring for an electrical engineer, Diversity Nudges might suggest adding skills such as data analysis, analytical skills, and Simulink to increase the number of women electrical engineers in your candidate search.”


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