Michelle chosen for LGFA Leadership role

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association have announced the list of twenty-four participants in the second ‘Learn to Lead’ Female Leadership programme, which includes a representative from Roscommon – Michelle Hughes-Walsh of Roscommon Gaels, who has been chosen in the PR/Media strand.

‘Learn to Lead’ is a unique programme that was launched in 2019, and 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, and the 20 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. After an incredible response to the LGFA’s drive, the long-list of applicants was whittled down to twenty-four – 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 twenty-four 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.

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

“Our inaugural programme proved hugely successful and we were delighted to see twenty 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 twenty-four 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”.

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