The core component of the Academy is a week-long residential at the University of Chichester hosted since 2014. Over 250 women have participated in the week. Combining the essential elements for self-critical learning and development, the unique learning environment includes high-profile guest speakers, workshops, personal development planning, national and international support groups, as well as physical activities.
The participants occupy middle-to-senior management or Board positions across a range of international, national and regional sport federations, Ministries and National Councils of Sport, universities, and sport for development and physical activity organisations. All had been identified as future leaders at senior management level by their organisations who had also committed to support their employee after the week had finished.