Pictured are: Westmeath LGFA Referee Co-Ordinator Paul O’Malley and ‘Learn to Lead’ ‘s Aisling Carey with ‘Grab Your Whistle’ Academy Referees Megan D’Arcy and Nicole Leonard.
The NEW LGFA Grab Your Whistle Referee Academy has been devised to develop aspiring referees aged 18 – 35 years within Ladies Gaelic Football and since 2019 by experts in the fields of Technical, Physical, Mental and Tactical development will mentor these two Westmeath footballers and also provide practical referee experience on top of ongoing support and advice.
Aisling took part in The LGFA Leadership Programme which was devised to develop the next generation of female leaders within Ladies Gaelic Football alongside Moate’s Trina Murray graduating in February of this year.
As part of their training Megan and Nicole have officiated at County games and club matches. The challenges presented by COVID moved some of their mentorship online under the stewardship of Clare Dowdall, the LGFA National Development Officer.
Photo Credit / Report by Una D’Arcy Westmeath LGFA Pro