Women in Football Programme Kicks Off

The first session of the new Women in Football – Emerging Leaders Programme took place over the weekend with 32 participants involved.

The first module took place in Football Association of Ireland Headquarters with women from various levels of the game coming together to take part in this unique project.

Republic of Ireland Women’s Senior Team Manager Vera Pauw was amongst the special guest speakers, along with People Development Specialist and Leadership Expert Karl Lines.

Set up in partnership with FIFA and UEFA, the Programme aims to provide female administrators with the tools, techniques and skills necessary for them to undertake senior positions efficiently and with greater confidence within Clubs and Leagues, and at Regional and National Committee level.

“The interest in our first Women In Football – Emerging Leaders Programme has been overwhelming with 80 plus applying to take part.”

“We could not accommodate everyone on the first run but we plan to run a second edition in 2020/21 and I’ve no doubt the skills gained on this programme, will help and encourage these women take that next step on the administrative ladder, both locally and nationally.”

“It is important for the future of Irish football that we have many more female football leaders and the FAI are committed to offering opportunities for women to increasingly lead the sport across the country,” added FAI Interim General manager Noel Mooney.

“The Women in Football – Emerging Leaders Programme is designed to identify and equip future leaders to influence and shape the future of football in Ireland. The FAI is committed to gender balance principles and we are very much looking forward to welcoming more and more women into leadership positions within the structures of the Association.”

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