Players Reps Day & AGM.
The WGPA held it’s annual player reps day on January 27th in Carton House Hotel in Kildare. Reps from each intercounty squad are invited to come together for a day of sharing ideas, learning new skills and building consensus about the work of the organisation for the benefit of all members.
Nearly 70 players travelled from across the country to participate in our 4th annual event. The group participated in a morning workshop on communication and change, reflecting on their personal strengths and ability as leaders. Many shared experiences and areas for development came to the fore, with players identifying positive contributions they can make for their teammates.
This was followed by a session with David Brophy, principal conductor with the RTE concert orchestra, who has worked worldwide developing a wealth of experience in leading people and building successful teams. David delivered an inspiring talk on Leading Without Fear, sharing his own stories and advice, as well as drawing plenty of parallels between orchestras and our sports teams.
In the afternoon was our AGM, kicked off with reports from the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The outgoing executive officers were all returned unopposed – Aoife Lane (Chair), Fiona McHale (Secretary) and Kate Kelly (Treasurer) continuing for another year in their posts.
Two new players were added to the executive joining Deidre Murphy, Anna Geary, Valerie Mulcahy and Gemma Begley. Leitrim Football’s Aine Tighe and Clare Camogie’s Carol O’Leary received the backing of attendees to join the executive team and we extend our congratulations to them both and look forward to working with them in the coming months!
Also approved was the formation of a Players Council, a small sub-committee of members drawn from different areas of expertise, who will act as a functional working group, to support and advise the Executive. The positions on the council will be filled in the coming weeks and will be drawn equally from across the 2 codes and around the country.
Plans and opportunities for the next 3 years were outlined, based on a recent period of reflection and planning. The group discussed the option to appoint a full-time member of staff to allow the organisation to fully deliver for its’ members. It was agreed these plans will now be brought to the wider membership for consultation.
We look forward with great anticipation about the positive changes for players and the growth of our games in the years to come; the work is now just starting!
Our thanks to the players who attended, for Allyson and David for their support with the workshop and to Carton House for their brilliant service. We were very generously supported by Pat the Baker, Meaghers Pharmacy, Truly Yours Protein Milk and O’Neills Sportswear, all sponsoring gifts and freebies for the players!