29 Jan Young Women Leadership Programme 2020/2021 – She Leads
In December 2020 Tennis Ireland developed a programme and platform for Young Women across Ireland to discuss and collaborate on how to grow tennis for Irish women and empower future leaders. 28 females from 26 clubs across Ireland took part in the programme which took place over 6 weeks. Each week we invited guest speakers who offered tips and advice so that the participants could set and achieve their goals.
Overview of the programme:
- Networking: The programme took place weekly on Zoom where the group shared ideas and discussed their own situations within their clubs. They have formed friendships with their fellow participants, which began during week one when they introduced themselves and decided what themes they wanted to focus on during the programme.
- Goal Setting: This was discussed on week two with James Cluskey (Former Professional Tennis Player and Founder of High Calibre Collective). Throughout the course the participants set one personal goal and one club goal they wished to implement.
- Teenage Dropout: This was discussed on week three with breakout rooms and discussions. The participants discussed reasons why girls drop out of our sport and discussed ways we could create a positive, fun & welcoming environment for girls in tennis clubs. Nicci Daly (Irish Hockey Star/ founder of Formula Female) came in to discuss what she has done to encourage girls to take up motorsport racing in Ireland.
- Leadership: Deirdre McGinn (Executive Coach for Female Leaders) spoke on leadership, how to create confidence and managing online presence.
- Gender Equality: Lisa Fallon (Head Coach in the League of Ireland for Galway United FC) discussed gender equality and what she has learned being a leader in a male-dominated environment.
- The final week gave the participants the opportunity to present their own goals to Richard Fahey (Chief Executive of Tennis Ireland) & Nora Stapleton (Women in Sport Lead for Sport Ireland).
Ciara Flatley – Swords LTC
Coming from a small tennis club in a public park, it was so great to chat to other girls from bigger clubs about developments that they have within their club that I had never thought about introducing to our own club. The sharing of ideas and goals with the other girls created a sense of sisterhood and I feel I could go to any of the other girls in the future when trying to organise social events or linking up our clubs in the future. The course provided me with extensive knowledge and surrounded me with supportive people that I know will continue to support me into the future. Overall, a great network of people and I look forward to keeping in contact with them in the future while I develop my club in baby steps.
Morgane Woods – Carlingford TC
What I really enjoyed about each workshop throughout this course was that there was a wide and varied cross-section of individuals. Not only did they provide great tips and advice for tennis purposes, but also advice applicable to the working environment. I would strongly recommend for each tennis club to have a representative and engage in this very worthwhile course.
Cara Pirie – Ballymena LTC
I really enjoyed Tennis Ireland’s Young Women Leadership Programme because I had the opportunity to learn from the experiences of my peers and a range of experienced and engaging guest speakers and I will be able to use this wisdom to make Ballymena Lawn Tennis Club a safe and welcoming space for girls.
We extend a huge thank you to all the guest speakers and everyone involved in making this a fantastic initiative.
We would also like to thank Sport Ireland for their continued support for all women in tennis initiatives.
We look forward on continuing to work with our participants to achieve their goals in the coming year.
If anyone requires further information on this programme or future Women in Tennis initiatives, please contact Gráinne O’Neill, National Coordinator for Women in Tennis at: firstname.lastname@example.org