Apply Now for Grab Your Whistle Referee Academy

The LGFA Grab Your Whistle Referee Academy has been devised to develop aspiring referees aged 18 – 45 years within Ladies Gaelic Football and this will be delivered in 2024.

This is an initiative welcoming referees from all counties to take part, male and female but encouraging at least one female from each county.

The course consists of 5 contact days, first day and final day will take place in a Dublin venue, with the remaining dates taking place online. There will be a focus on Technical, Physical, Mental and Tactical development whilst also providing practical referee experience on top of ongoing support and advice. Participants will have to attend assigned games and events as part of compulsory practical experience.
We will also run an online mini-series covering three topics with interaction with experienced referees


Who Can Apply?

Participants cannot be on a Provincial or National Referee Panel but must be currently refereeing in their county and have a minimum of 1 years experience as a referee. 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:


What are the benefits of being involved?


  • Engage with like-minded officials in Ladies Gaelic Football
  • Enhanced communication skills as an official
  • Techniques to motivate and inspire you and your team of officials
  • Training and advice from experienced trainers and officials
  • Practical opportunities at local, provincial and national level
  • Feedback and support from assigned mentor
  • Confidence in your own abilities through practical learning and application

Please contact Lizzie Flynn, Head of Match Official Development, for further information

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