Ladies Football Launches ‘Learn to Lead’

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has launched ‘Learn to Lead’ – a unique Female Leadership programme that will commence later this month.

The LGFA Leadership Programme has been devised to develop the next generation of female leaders within Ladies Gaelic Football.

The course will be delivered over 12 months by experts in the fields of coaching, officiating, administration and PR and Media.

The course content is being created and will be overseen by Niamh McElwain who designs transformational leadership courses at Google. The keynote address on the opening day, March 23rd, will be delivered by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese.

This is an exceptional looking course which addresses the ‘next generation’ challenges of enabling and equipping women to break through what can sometimes be an imposed and at other times a self-imposed glass ceiling in terms of stepping into leadership roles across all sport, men’s as well as women’s.

20 participants have been chosen to participate in ‘Learn to Lead’. Over four days, and six evenings, they will examine diverse leadership skills and focus on the skill-sets and techniques required to master each of the four strands.

Five candidates have been chosen to participate in each strand – and the final list of 20 includes leading coaches, officials, administrators and players, representing all four provinces. Bríd Stack is one of those who will be among the 20.

The Programme commences on Saturday, March 23, and will conclude on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Last year, the LGFA launched its Strategic Roadmap 2017-2022 and a key area is to ‘define a model to promote Female Leadership across the Association.’

The first step was to put a Female Leadership Workgroup in place and, there, the need for a Female Leadership Programme was identified, as part of the overall Female Leadership strategy.

“This is another significant development for our Association, and there are superb candidates in each of the four strands,” said Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Marie Hickey.

“This 12-month programme fulfils a key aspect of our Strategic Plan, with a direct emphasis on the skill-sets and qualities required to become leaders within our Association.”


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