The Camogie Association has launched a new female coaching and mentorship initiative, the M.N.A. Programme, in partnership with Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Policy.
The name of the programme plays on the Irish language word for women Mná but represents three strands to Motivate, Nurture and Aspire.
It will primarily look at the development of female mentors and coaches within Clubs around the country and the 2020 programme will offer places to 100 Clubs to take part.
It is funded for two years which will guarantee an initial 200 clubs and mentors to benefit.
The M.N.A. Programme will act as an important step in assisting Clubs to ensure the retention of players away from the playing field and the recruitment of females to pass on their knowledge and experience to future players through coaching.
The role which women can play in passing on their intrinsic knowledge of the game to young players, in particular, is a key reason behind the introduction of this programme as well as the impact which they can have as positive role models for young players.
Participating Clubs will be required to nominate one female Mentor who will be upskilled across a wide range of areas including communications, mentoring and volunteer development. Mentors will then be tasked with identifying new female Coaches within their Club and will also deliver the Association’s longstanding Hurl With Me initiative in June. Coaches participating in the programme will also receive training in a Foundation Level Coaching Qualification.
The programme is seen as a model for Clubs of how to develop a pathway to recruit, develop, retain and support females within the Club on their journey as coaches or in other volunteer roles.
The application process for Clubs to apply to take part in the M.N.A. Programme is now open until the close of business on Friday, February 14th 2020 and details of how to apply are available from www.camogie.ie/mnaprogramme.asp
“I am delighted to see the M.N.A. Programme launched and I am very excited for what should be an initiative that leaves a lasting legacy on our game and helps our Clubs to grow their capabilities and continue to further the growth and development of Camogie,” said Camogie Association President Kathleen Woods.
“We are extremely grateful to Sport Ireland for their support of this programme and for their collaboration and guidance in developing it.”
“I call on all clubs to apply for this programme as the benefits which it will bring to both clubs and their members will leave a lasting impact in ensuring that there is a pathway for players to pass on their great knowledge and experience of the game to future generations.”
“The Women in Sport Policy was launched in March 2019 with Coaching and Officiating being one of the target areas of the policy, and thus through the M.N.A. Programme, we look forward to seeing the increase in female coaches involved in Camogie,” added Sport Ireland Women in Sport Lead Nora Stapleton I look forward to seeing the programme get up and running.”
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