It was announced today The Irish American Partnership has pledged to support the WGPA with a grant of $10,000 to assist intercounty Ladies Football and Camogie players achieve a university education. Priority will be given to players pursuing careers in education, such as those in teacher training programs.
The WGPA, launched in January 2015, has a membership of over 1,350 current players and an ever-growing number of past players, and aims to improve players’ experiences both and off the field. The range of education and wellbeing services for members, includes a 24/7 member support line, third level scholarships, a leadership program, personal coaching, career guidance and a membership affinity scheme.
The Partnership is thrilled to support the WGPA’s third level scholarship program with this grant of $10,000. Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie players are role models in their communities, yet do not have the financial or institutional benefits of professional athletes. Players pursuing degrees can experience increased pressure, representing several teams and with an increased training load, they often do not have time to hold part-time jobs in addition to their full-time coursework; thus, these scholarships will help alleviate some of the financial pressure of a degree, allowing them to perform their best on the field and in the classroom.
The WGPA is incredibly grateful for this investment and delighted to be able to support players attain their goals of becoming educators in their communities.