Applications Now Open for GYW Referee Academy

The LGFA Grab Your Whistle Referee Academy has been devised to develop aspiring referees aged 18 – 35 years within Ladies Gaelic Football and this will be delivered over 12 months by experts in the field. We are delighted to launch this exciting programme through our Women in Sport Funding from Sport Ireland.

This is an initiative welcoming referees from all counties to take part with each county allocated positions for two referees, at least one of which should be a female. Feedback from our first roll out was extremely positive with all referees now very active in their counties and provinces.

The course consists of 6 Modules, 4 online webinars, 1 provincial webinar and 1 national session in Croke Park taking place from November 2020 to November 2021 which will focus on Technical, Physical, Mental and Tactical development whilst also providing practical referee experience on top of ongoing support and advice. Participants will also have to attend assigned games and events as part of compulsory practical experience.


Who Can Apply?

Participants cannot be on a Provincial or National Referee Panel but must be currently refereeing in their county. Candidates apply directly by clicking this link and we will then get sign off on your application from your county board. All candidates must be committed to attend all workshops as attendance is compulsory throughout.


What does the Academy Entail?

A full brochure is available to download by clicking on cover below:




Please contact Clare Dowdall, National Development Officer, for further information

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