The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has confirmed a list of 16 clubs that have been chosen to participate in the 2019/2020 Club2Gether Programme.
Club2Gether is a club development initiative aimed at strengthening club structures.
It is vital that as the sport grows year on year that it does so in a way that will survive the first flush of enthusiasm and put down roots that will last across generations.
Most Ladies Football clubs will be part of existing GAA clubs giving access to pitches and facilities that would be oherwise beynd the reach of a new club setting up or one looking to grow.
The One Club model which operates across the GAA, Ladies Football and Camogie encourages a genuine sharing of the things that are needed to run any successful club and part of the process around the Club2Gether programme will be to work alongside fellow volunteers for the greater good of all.
The initiative focuses on developing areas such as volunteer recruitment and retention, governance & officer training, games development and sponsorship and fundraising, while also planning for the future to ensure sustainable and long-term structures are in place.
16 clubs have been selected from the four provinces and representing 14 counties, including eight from Leinster, three from Ulster, and two each from Connacht and Munster.
Free training will be provided to officers and coaches in the various clubs, who will also receive resources to assist with building sustainable structures.
Clubs will complete the programme with a basic two-year plan in place, with the principal aim of increasing retention rates.
The 16 clubs include Thomas Davis in Dublin, Crossmaglen in Armagh, Kinsale in Cork and Ballinrobe in Mayo.