Championing Women in Sport: Megan Dykes

This feature is part of our Alumni 'Championing Women In Sport' series, which puts the spotlight on USW graduates who are kicking outdated prejudices about women in sport to the curb. Learn more about these inspirational women: Championing Women In Sport

 

Megan is an Iwill schools coordinator at Liverpool FC Foundation alongside playing for Burnley Women FC. She completed her course in Sports Coaching and Management in 2020.

Hi Megan! Tell us about your journey since graduating.

I Started at USW in 2018 with Wigan Athletic in the community and loved every minute of learning developing throughout my degree with the help of the supportive tutors. I am now an Iwill schools coordinator at Liverpool FC Foundation alongside playing for Burnley Women FC.

What have been your top career highlights so far?

My career highlights so far are being given the opportunity to coach and play around the world, in Africa (Malawi), Barcelona, Malta, Norway and many more and seeing the impact I can have in supporting other people. I have had also had a successful season with Burnley winning the Lancashire FA cup in which I hope to also achieve next season and more.

Who inspires you?

My teammates and colleagues inspire me to achieve more and never stop wanting to better myself, competition is a massive factor and pushes us all to work hard.

What are your three top tips for any aspiring females wanting to go into the Sporting Industry?

  1. Have high and achievable goals and never let anyone tell you no.
  2. Work hard and even harder than others around you and go the extra mile.
  3. Always have a clear pathway and remain professional.

How can the Sports Industry be more inclusive?

I think that the sports industry has made a massive change with in the past few years with being inclusive, and it is only going to get better.

What is your favourite song to listen to prior to competing?

My favourite two songs that I listen to before a game are Gotta Have it by JAY-Z and Kanye West and Thiago Silver By Dave.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Care less about what others think and take risks and very opportunity that comes your way.