Beyond 20×20 – Women in Sports Leadership

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Donegal Sports Partnership is committed to developing strategies to increase women’s participation in Sport in the county and to provide opportunities for women to engage in meaningful programmes which will build towards a lasting and positive relationship with Sport.

20×20 Campaign

The 20×20 campaign is in full swing at the moment with three key objectives – a 20% increase in media coverage of women in sport, a 20% increase in female participation at all levels of sport and a 20% increase in attendance at women’s games and events by 2020. The Beyond 20×20 programme will link into the overall objective of the campaign in providing pathways and opportunities for females to develop their skills, gain meaningful experiences and to actively stay involved in sport at whatever level they feel comfortable at.

The Purpose of the Programme

The Beyond 20×20 programme is being developed to support females already involved in or interested in getting involved in sport at a level which will suit the individual’s needs. Focus will be in the following areas:

  • Coaching
  • Refereeing/ Officiating
  • Administration
  • Media/ Communication

Donegal Sports Partnership’s aim is to equip female club volunteers in becoming more effective and efficient in their role, while creating invaluable experiences for those involved in the programme.  The programme will focus on areas such as;

  • Developing Leadership Skills
  • Communication, Confidence and Resilience
  • Health & Wellbeing – maintaining a healthy mind and a healthy body
  • Mentoring and placement opportunities

Who is the Programme for?

The programme is open to females 16 + with passion, commitment and a genuine interest in sport at all levels and with a view to developing a concept of ‘Sport for Life’.  Participants are encouraged to apply from all sports, at all levels. From those that have a current role in their Club to those who want to get involved with no experience.

Programme Costs

The programme is funded by Donegal Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland which will allow participants to attend all seminars for free.

Programme Benefits

  • The programme is free of charge
  • Participants chose a strand relevant to their needs
  • Engage with like-minded people
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed
  • Hear from a diverse range of experienced female leaders
  • Build confidence in your own abilities through practical learning and application.
  • Certificate of completion.

Programme Details

The programme will run from March to October 2020. Participants are asked to commit to the programme, with attendance compulsory for all workshops. Participants will be asked to attend core workshops over 6 weekends with 3 evenings specific to their strand. Participants will focus on a specific strand of personal development and can choose between four options: Coaching, Officiating, Administration, Media/ communication.  Participants will be assigned a mentor who will guide them through the programme.

Programme Dates

  • 8th March
  • 3rd & 4th April
  • 1st & 2nd May
  • 20th June
  • 19th September
  • 16th October

How can I apply?

Participants must be female, over 16, and demonstrate an interest in progressing in their chosen field. Complete application form and return to Maggie Farrelly at

Closing date is Friday 21st February at 12 Noon.

For further information, please email Maggie Farrelly at

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