In 2019, Sport Ireland published their first women in sport policy, setting out their commitment to develop and support this expanding area. In 2020, they added to this with their findings focusing on gender diversity on boards of National Governing Bodies. Highlighting the need for a heterogeneous and diverse board to bring about positive change, improved communication, better decision making, and safe and inclusive environments within sport for all.
As a result, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership (SSRP) want to take a closer look at the area of women’s involvement in sports clubs in Sligo, particularly those holding positions of leadership, in their many and varied forms including committee, voluntary, judging, officiating and coaching positions. Gaining an insight into the landscape of sport in Sligo will help us to decide how to best support clubs, and women and girls in this area. Generating opportunities for women will help create role models for young girls within their own area, offering them people to look up to and aspire to be like.
We are asking the sports clubs of Sligo to complete our survey to gather this vital information. All clubs that participate will be added to a draw to win one of four opportunities for €250. The information gathered from the survey will inform the creation of a woman in sport leadership programme.
You can find our survey HERE
A survey of this extent has never previously been completed at County level in Ireland. Clubs in Sligo will be a part of this all-important development, demonstrating their commitment to prioritising women’s sport. Their involvement will help create a cutting edge programme for women and girls, allowing them to upskill and expand their knowledge, which they can bring back to their clubs. Through this survey, clubs are given their opportunity to have their say, to influence the change and help develop it for the players, leaders and volunteers of their community.
The programme itself will include core principles including leadership skills, wellbeing, crisis management, resilience, among many others. With input from clubs themselves influencing the remaining topics. The purpose of this programme is to engage women, empower and upskill them in the area of leadership, offer them experiences they wouldn’t already have had. It can be an opportunity for women who were previously involved in sport to get back to their club and sport, and to further develop existing leaders. It is also expected that a network between women involved in sports across Sligo will be established, offering them an area to discuss various topics, to build relationships and offer support.
The SSRP LeadHERs in Sport initiative is being overseen by Community Sports Development Officer Siubhean Crowne who remarked; “women in sport is a hugely important and developing area and we’re delighted to be introducing such an exciting opportunity, we recognise the value of investment in such a key area. Having completed a similar course at a national level I recognise the value and benefits first hand, and I am enthused to offer the same opportunity to the women of Sligo.”
You can find our survey HERE . Be sure to encourage your club representative to fill it out to be in with a change of winning €250, and most importantly to influence the landscape of women in sport in Sligo.
For more information email CSDO Siubhean Crowne at firstname.lastname@example.org