ABOUT US

Our members play Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie, games indigenous to Ireland and the largest female sports in the country. WGPA was launched in January 2015 to represent the interests of intercounty players; the elite amateur athletes who play at the top level of these sports. The players body is overseen by an 11 member executive and membership has grown to over to over 1,350 current players and an ever-growing number of past players.

Our aim is to improve their experiences both and off the field of play; since our launch we have provided supports and services including a 24/7 member support line, third level scholarships, leadership programme, personal coaching, career guidance and membership affinity scheme.

In June 2016, for the first time, the Irish government announced financial support for Intercounty Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie players, recognising their efforts and the contribution they make to Irish society.

The WGPA, led by the Executive team, represents 55 squads from across the 32 counties of Ireland. There are 2 designated WGPA player representatives from each squad, managing communications with their teammates. The Executive is supported by the Players Council, a consultative group of 10 players, who draw on their professional skillsets and sporting experiences to provide feedback on the work of the WGPA. The association has also oganised an Advisory Group, consisting of individuals drawn together for their expertise in various areas relevant to the WGPA such as business and research.

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MISSION STATEMENT OF THE WOMENS GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

Responsibility:

We will take responsibility for playing and personal issues that arise for county players and acknowledge our social responsibility to our clubs and communities.

Collaboration:

We will work with our national governing bodies and other partner organisations to ensure the welfare of players and to promote our games.

Challenging:

We wish to challenge the current status of our players and other women in sport in Ireland using research led, innovative thinking

Unity:

We will work together to represent our members and embrace our qualities of friendship, sensitivity, respect, and teamwork

We represent players who are members of the highest-grade adult county team across both ladies football and camogie.

    • A better playing and personal environment and experience for county players on and off the field
    • Increased recognition, coverage and acknowledgement for county players
    • Representation at decision making level with potential partner organisations

Our mission is to provide a unified voice for county ladies football and camogie players.