The Camogie Association are delighted to launch its new female coaching and mentorship initiative, the M.N.A. Programme, which will primarily look at the development of female mentors and coaches within clubs around the country.
The 2020 programme will offer places to 100 clubs to take part and, in partnership with Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Policy, the programme will act as an important step in assisting clubs to ensure the retention of players away from the playing field and the recruitment of females to pass on their knowledge and experience to future players through coaching.
Participating clubs will be required to nominate one female mentor who will be upskilled across a wide range of areas including communications, mentoring and volunteer development.
Mentors will then be tasked with identifying new female coaches within their club and will also deliver the Association’s longstanding Hurl With Me initiative in June.
Coaches participating in the programme will also receive training in a Foundation Level Coaching Qualification.
The role which women can play in passing on their intrinsic knowledge of the game to young players in particular is a key reason behind the introduction of this programme, as well as the impact which they can have as positive role models for young players.
The programme is seen as a model for clubs of how to develop a pathway to recruit, develop, retain and support females within the club on their journey as coaches or in other volunteer roles.
This is a 2-year programme – 200 clubs will participate in 2021.
The application process for clubs to apply to take part is now open until the close of business on Friday, February 14th 2020 and details of how to apply are available from www.camogie.ie/mnaprogramme.asp