Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Roscommon LGFA PRO, Michelle Hughes-Walsh.



Roscommon LGFA PRO Michelle Hughes-Walsh is one of 24 participants that will take part in the “Learn to Lead” Female Leadership programme, it has been confirmed by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

Michelle, a member of Roscommon Gaels GAA Club, has been to the fore in promoting ladies’ football at both club and county levels over the last number of years.

Learn to Lead, which was launched in 2019, will be supported this year by Women in Sport funding through Sport Ireland.

The programme was devised to develop the next generation of female leaders within Ladies Gaelic Football. Twenty graduates from the inaugural programme were honoured in February 2020.

The 2021/2022 course will be delivered, once again, by experts in the fields of coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media.

There was an incredible response to the LGFA’s drive, and the long-list of applicants has been whittled down to 24 — four in each strand.

Over the course of four days and six evenings, diverse leadership skills will be examined, with the focus firmly on developing the skill sets and techniques required to master each of the four strands.

The final list of 24 participants includes leading coaches, officials, administrators and players, representing the four provinces.

A key area in the LGFA’s Strategic Roadmap 2017-2022 is to “define a model to promote female leadership across the Association.”

Following the establishment of a Female Leadership Workgroup, the Learn to Lead programme came into being, as part of the overall Female Leadership strategy.

“We are incredibly proud to announce details of another ‘Learn to Lead’ Female Leadership programme,” said Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Marie Hickey.

“Our inaugural programme proved hugely successful and we were delighted to see 20 talented graduates come through.

“A fresh 12-month programme once again fulfils a key aspect of our Strategic Plan — and the content of the programme is of an extremely high quality, as our previous graduates will vouch for.

“I am looking forward to following the journeys of our 24 participants as they learn from leaders in the fields of coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media.

“It is also heartening to notice the startling and rapid progress of our 2019/2020 graduates, many of whom have been making significant and noticeable impacts in their chosen fields, both at local and national levels, explained the LGFA President.

The programme will commence in the coming weeks, and will run until May 2022.



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