Ladies Gaelic Football Association launches ‘Learn to Lead’ Female Leadership Programme

THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to launch ‘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/Media.


20 participants have been chosen to participate in ‘Learn to Lead’, and the response to the LGFA’s recruitment phase was phenomenal.


Over four days, and six evenings, the LGFA will examine diverse leadership skills and focus on the skill-sets and techniques required to master each of the four strands – coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media.


Five candidates have been chosen to participate in each strand – and the final list of 20 includes leading coaches, officials, administrators and players, representing the four provinces.


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


On day one, the keynote address will be delivered by former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, and course content will be delivered by Niamh McElwain, who designs and teaches transformational learning programmes at Google.


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.’

In attendance at the Launch of the LGFA ‘Learn to Lead’ Female Leadership Programme are, back row, from left, Michelle Ryan, Ailbhe Quinn, Jennifer Higgins, Bríd Stack, Gráinne Sands, Trina Murray, Kelley Cunningham, Nadine Doherty, Lyn Savage, LGFA National Development manager, front row, from left, Eimear O’Connor, Donna Hagan, Aisling Carey, Helen O’Rourke, LGFA CEO, Marie Hickey, LGFA President, Andrea Turbitt, Niamh Dunne and Diane O’Hora at the Marker Hotel in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.

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.


Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Marie Hickey commented: “We are proud to launch our ‘Learn to Lead’ programme today.


“This is another significant development for our Association, and there are superb candidates in each of the four strands.


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


“The content of the Programme is of an extremely high quality – and will be delivered by leaders within the fields of coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media.”


The LGFA is now ready to roll out an exciting ‘Learn to Lead’ programme, and the full list of confirmed participants, and their various strands, is as follows:


Name Club County Strand
Sinead Reel Silverbridge Harps Armagh Administration
Eileen jones Aodh Ruadh, Dungannon Tyrone Administration
Trina Murray Moate Westmeath Administration
Liz Ahern Carrigtwohill Cork Administration
Eimear O’Connor Mountrath Laois Administration
Diane O’Hora Clanna Gael Fontenoy Dublin/Mayo Coaching
Jennifer Higgins Western Gaels Roscommon Coaching
Ailbhe Quinn Latton Ladies GFC Co. Monaghan Coaching
Olivia Butler St Pat’s Waterford Coaching
Donna Hagan Kildress Wolfe Tones Tyrone Coaching
Kelley Cunningham Tullamore Offaly Officiating
Gráinne Sands Glenn John Martins Down Officiating
Aisling Carey Shandonagh Mullingar Westmeath Officiating
Mairead Dullea Bantry Blues Cork Officiating
Sinead McHugh Kilmacud Crokes Donegal Officiating
Nadine Doherty NaFianna (retired) Dublin PR/Media
Michelle Ryan Ballymacarbry Waterford PR/Media
Niamh Dunne Park Ratheniksa Laois PR/Media
Denise Masterson Ballymun Kickhams Dublin PR/Media
Bríd Stack Rockchapel Cork PR/Media


For further information, please contact the LGFA National Development Manager Lyn Savage: or phone 01-8363156

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