Donegal Sports Partnership to host webinar on women in sport – Highland Radio

Teresa McDaid

Donegal Sports Partnership to host webinar on women in sport

“We hope women will be inspired by what they hear and enroll in the Women’s Leadership Program”

People in Donegal involved in sport are invited to attend the Women in Sport webinar on Tuesday 8 March at 7pm.

The free webinar will be hosted by Donegal Sports Partnership on International Women’s Day.

Looking ahead to the event, Maggie Farrelly, education and training co-ordinator at Donegal Sports Partnership, said the purpose of the webinar was twofold: to hear the experiences of current leaders in competitive and recreational sport and the physical activity in Donegal, and promoting and recruiting future leaders to be part of the Women’s Leadership Program which starts at the end of March.

Webinar guest speakers will include Letterkenny AC Coach and Athletics Ireland Senior Team Operations Manager Teresa McDaid, Letterkenny Blaze Basketball Club President and Coach Lynda McGuinness, Coach Lagan Ladies football manager Brid McGinty and Letterkenny Parkrun manager Margaret O’Donnell.

To register for the webinar, which will be moderated by Anne McAteer, Chair of the Donegal Sports Partnership, and Maggie Farrelly, click on the link below:

“We have managed to bring together a superb panel of successful women leaders who will share insights into their journey from their beginnings to their current role in the sport. They will discuss how they got involved, what made them motivated to stay involved and their future aspirations,” commented Ms. Farrelly.

“We encourage anyone who supports the delivery and facilitation of sport in clubs to join us – and this invitation is for men and women, athletes, players, coaches, volunteers, mentors, administrators and parents,” she added.

“We hope that women attending the webinar will be inspired by what they hear from the speakers and enroll in our next Women’s Leadership Program which will start at the end of the month. The first Women’s Leadership Program was launched just before the onset of the pandemic in 2020. Despite this, we managed to get the course online and it turned out to be a huge success.

“The Donegal Sports Partnership is committed to developing strategies to increase women’s participation in sport in the county and to providing opportunities for women to engage in meaningful programs that will build a lasting and positive relationship with sport” , she said.

According to the Education and Training Coordinator, the goal of the program is to provide training and support to women to help them succeed in leadership roles in their sport.

“The Women’s Leadership Program will give women and girls in Donegal the opportunity to improve their personal skills, build their confidence and network with like-minded people in different sports. Sessions will be delivered using a combination of online and in-person settings. The sessions will be interactive and will focus on developing confidence, leadership, resilience and effective communication,” she explained.

The program is specifically designed for female leaders over the age of 16 working or volunteering in sport, whether as a committee member, official or coach, and for women who wish to pursue a future role in sports. club activities.

Those attending the March 8 online session will have the opportunity to meet former participants of the Women’s Leadership Program offered in 2020. The webinar will allow participants to ask questions and hear first-hand the experiences of former participants.

Places will be offered through an application process. As the course is heavily subsidized by Sport Ireland dormant accounts, Donegal Sports Partnership is offering places at €25 per participant. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 18 at noon. To register your expression of interest for this program, click on the link below:

Margaret O’Donnell
Brid McGinty
Lynda McGuinness

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