Leadership, Woman and Football are the foundation of Leadership Woman Football a product develop by Reyes Bellver to promote diversity and empowerment in the sports industry.
Reyes is a sports lawyer with more than 10 years of experience with a focus on football. Recently she delivered the Leadership Congress for Woman in Football in Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano with more than 50 speakers.
As Reyes said, “ LWF has an inclusive and integrative vision of equality, where men and women work side by side.”
Read the entire interview below! Thank you, Reyes!
You have vast experience in Sports Law. What is your focus in Sports Law and why you choose it?
I have 10 years of experience in Sports Law, focus on football law and with an international background. I chose football and sports law because I studied law by vocation and I also have a huge passion for football and I always wanted to contribute to the improvement of the justice and integrity of football worldwide.
Can you explain what is Leadership Woman Football? What you aim to achieve with this product?
LEADERSHIP WOMAN FOOTBALL (LWF), arises out of the need of promoting the leadership and visibility of women in every area of football: decision-making, management, technical, sporting, legal and academic. Our platform: LWF, is a global tool to share Know-how with every stakeholder of the football world supporting gender diversity. Our congress, Leadership Congress for Women in Football, has become an international reference and is LWF’s main event.
The three pillars of LWF are Leadership, Woman and Football, and our aim is to transform football and make our contribution to society to promote diversity and empowerment.
Finally, LWF has an inclusive and integrative vision of equality, where men and women work side by side.
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Leadership Woman Football has 3 different subproducts, Leadership Mentoring, Conferences and Consulting. Can you give more details about it?
To contribute to the growth of good practices in football and get to transform it, LWF is more than a Congress and offers the following services:
LEADER-IN Meeting: LWF, through its brand LEADER-IN MEETING, organizes national and international day-events, meetings and conferences, about gender equality in sports and the importance of the diversity in the field, as a key success factor for a team.
LWF MENTORING: LWF offers a mentoring program, addressed to women and men willing to participate actively in a new social transformation phase leading to diversity in football.
LWF CONSULTING: LWF makes available its consulting services for those interested in launching or improving their projects related to our mission and vision.
We are more than a Congress. We would like to transform football!
Recently you delivered an LWF Congress in Madrid, Correct? How was the event? Can you give more details about the whole experience? Do you have plans for another event this year?
LWF Congress 2019 in Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, was an International 2-day-event focused on women leadership in football, unique for its subject, venue and worldwide projection. Unique atmosphere, inside a football stadium.
The experience of organizing this event was so enriched, with positive feedbacks and a starting point of something big.
We are working now in the program and development of the second edition of the LWF Congress, next March 2020. Where? You will see soon!!
How do you perceive the sports industry and how gender equality has been promoted in Spain?
Sports industry is a close world, particularly football. Diversity is crucial to open this world and improve it.
In Spain, we need more women in leadership positions in sports industry, and with congresess, seminars focus on gender equality, and of course with more investment in women´s sports, we are now in a good path, but with a lot of work to do.
When you are looking for a student or professional to work with you, what are the 3 main characteristics you look for?
I used to give the opportunity to students to do a practicum in my firm, because I think I must contribute to football to help the next generations and also is really good for me because I am learning a lot from the junior lawyers. If I have to choose only 3 characteristics, I will choose the following:
- Passion for sports law/football law
- Specialized in Sports Law (Master or specific studies). A background.
- Ability to learn, work and improve.
What pieces of advice can you give for all women’s who want to pursue a career in the sports industry?
You can do whatever you want if you are focus, if you prepare and study, and if you put passion in everything that you are doing.
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