Supporting players to recognise, share and develop their leadership skills, within their own lives, their teams, communities & society. We take responsibility for enabling our players to lead, to support their leadership journey and using it individually and collectively to effect positive change. 


Jim Madden Leadership Programme

The Jim Madden Programme is a unique, bespoke Leadership programme, run in conjunction with the GPA.

Participants are drawn from county hurlers and camogie players, and both men’s and ladies footballers, who are working to develop leadership skills on and off the field. Many of our players already have exceptional leadership skills, which are honed through the experience and resilience developed as elite players in a highly competitive environment. The Jim Madden Programme will now establish a learning pathway for players who wish to develop these qualities which can be harnessed both for their personal development and for the benefit of society. Jim Madden worked tirelessly at club and county level to promote gaelic games and was a central figure in his local community. His daughter Claire is the holder of five senior All Ireland medals with Tipperary while Jim was a selector for four of those victories.

The application process for the 2021 Jim Madden GPA Leadership Programme will open again in September 2020.

Please contact gemma@wgpa.eie for further information.

Player Rep Training Workshops

The main purpose of the WGPA is to provide a voice for county ladies football and camogie players. Each county team across both codes has 2 player representatives in place who will communicate the views and issues of the players on their squad to the WGPA Executive team. The second role of the player rep is to inform their teammates about the services available through the WGPA and to refer players to the various support systems available.

We bring all reps together for an annual training day and skills workshop at the start of each season and it provides a great opportunity to share ideas and experiences, building solidarity amongst the membership.

Player Advice & Representation

WGPA work to support members and ensure their voice is heard with the various stakeholders of our games. We engage with the governing bodies of our sports – the LGFA and Camogie Association, research bodies, government representatives and other athlete associations, to facilitate improved experiences for players.

Guidance is available to individual teams and members on issues that arise throughout the season. Collective representation is made on behalf of the playing body through regular member engagement, surveys and reports. Read our Making Things Better report detailing the context for the launch of the WGPA.

Social & Community Initiatives

Gaelic players give back a significant amount of time to their clubs, communities and charities throughout Ireland. They contribute through their position as role models, lending their support to others for positive messaging and change in Irish society.

Examples in recent years have included the ‘Players in Pink’ supporting Breast Cancer Ireland, player ambassadors working with Special Olympics Ireland on initiatives such as the Polar Plunge, Gaelic Voices for Change running a solidarity sleepout which raised over €250,000 for homeless charities, and supporting campaigns on the issues of Cyberbullying and Road Safety.