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Supporting members with their personal development & playing experiences. We offer a range of individual, team and collective services to enhance players’ experiences and help them reach their potential, both on and off the field of play. We work with coaches, counsellors, governing bodies and industry partners to deliver these supports and services. 

Intercounty Government Grant Scheme

The Government Grant Scheme for Inter County Camogie and Ladies Football adult intercounty teams was launched in February 2017 and has continued in 2018 and 2019. This grant is made available each year for intercounty ladies football and camogie teams competing in the League and National Championship.

The funding acknowledges that financial support is required in counties to ensure that intercounty players have the opportunity to reach their potential as athletes. Through this grant support, the highest-grade Ladies Football and Camogie teams in each code in each county are eligible for funding to provide an enhanced playing and training environment for the full team.

In 2019 a grant amount of €9,000 was available to the highest grade adult county teams participating in the All Ireland Championship and the National League, with a further €1,500 awarded to eligible teams that progressed to the finals of the Championships. This was to reflect the additional cost of an extended training period and help mitigate the financial pressures that come with preparing for an All-Ireland final.

The grant support has three elements for counties namely: 1. Injury Prevention and Medical Cover, 2. Maximising Player and Team Performance and, 3. Access to Training Facilities. All supports delivered to teams through the grant scheme had to be performed by accredited personnel. Collaboration and agreement across the County Executive, Player Representatives and Team Management was an imperative element of the grant process, which was initiated at 4 provincial grant workshops delivered in January 2019.

You can view a full evaluation report on the 2019 scheme here

Player & Squad Deveolpments

A new National Player Health Check Programme, offering an individual health check to support their general health and performance related issues.

Anti Doping information was provided to the required teams in receipt of the grant funding from 2019. Workshops were delivered on-site to 45 teams in line with Sport Ireland anti-doping guidelines and follow up online workshops were also available.

A new Online Grant Management System was developed to facilitate easier administration of applications and claims, as well as enhanced reporting and financial oversight.

A Squad Charter was introduced for the first time, to help with planning the season for inter-county teams. This document helps players, managers & county board officials to sit down together to agree expectations and helps teams to complete their government grant application.

Personal Development Coaching

Members can work on a one-to-one basis with a Personal Development Coach, to help them identify their off-field priorities, set and work towards new goals, helping them to reach their individual potential.

Counselling Services & Support Line

An anonymous 24/7 Member Helpline is available for all members in need of support or advice. An initial phone consultation can be followed by counselling sessions delivered in-person or over the phone.

To access this service – contact the helpline on:

1800 200 607 / 0800 389 5362

Or contact the WGPA directly for a referral –

00353 83860 4505 / info@wgpa.ie

Careers Advice & Coaching

Players can avail of professional careers support in planning their off-field development. As part of this process, support with the following is available:

  • Career Transition Coaching
  • Secondary School Career Coaching
  • CV Development including cover letter
  • Job Application Form Review
  • LinkedIn Profile Development
  • Interview Skills Coaching
  • Job Hunting Training

Get in touch with us today to learn more and access the coaching, available to all members.

Affinity Programme

WGPA work with partners in business to provide exclusive discounts for our 1,500 members. Elverys Intersport are Ireland’s leading independent sports retailer with 52 stores nationwide and offer a member discount online and instore.

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