Basketball England is proud to support Women’s Sport Week by sharing the real life success stories of women working within Basketball.
Laura Doherty, Delivery Manager at Basketball England, loves working in basketball because she sees the positive impact it has on so many people’s lives. “Basketball is unique - the mix of the skills & pace of the game, the culture, fashion, music… it has it all.”
Doherty, who was very sporty as a child and gained a black belt in Taekwondo before becoming interested in basketball, worked hard to realise her goals and feels fortunate to not only work in sport, which she loves, but also to make a contribution to the development of basketball which she has a huge personal interest in.
For women interested in working in sport her advice is to volunteer, “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there; offer your time and services. There are a lot of transferable skills you can make use of. Make connections with a range of people & organisations and ask lots of questions.”
To land her job within basketball she followed her interests of sport; psychology and business and went to Northumbria University to study Sports Development & Coaching. Now she does something she loves every day including working with the NBA and the Jr. NBA Basketball England League.
“This year was particularly special as I lead on bringing 70 children to London to be part of a Global Game trip. They got the amazing opportunity to take part in a clinic with NBA legend Dikembe Mtumbo, on the court at the O2 on the morning of the Global Games, and watch the Pacers take on Pistons that evening.”
Stewart Kellett, CEO at Basketball England said; ‘We’re proud to support Women’s Sport Week and celebrate equality and diversity within sport. Basketball England is an equal opportunities employer, with experienced, talented and knowledgeable female staff, who are an inspiration to other women who have an aspiration to work in sport.”
To find out more about women in sport, please go to the following website: https://www.womeninsport.org/
Or check out their twitter feed at https://twitter.com/Womeninsport_uk