Forerunners Female Leadership Programme






Forerunners is Athletics Ireland’s pathway to supporting and encouraging our next generation of leading ladies in their athletic endeavours.

The purpose of this programme is to assist those who support grassroot to podium development. Athletics Ireland aim to equip female club service officers and leaders in becoming more effective and efficient in their operations. The programme will address the importance of Female Leadership in athletics, its important role in promoting good governance whilst creating invaluable experiences for those involved in the programme.

This programme is funded by Athletics Ireland and Sport Ireland which will allow participants to attend the seminars for free.

All participants will have the opportunity to attend three full days of workshops and three short evening workshops with mentors. Participants will then focus on a specific strand of personal development and can choose between three options.


You will gain expertise in the following:

  • Coaching
  • Club Development
  • Communication and Connectivity

There are 30 places available, with 10 spaces for each individual strand. This programme will be supported by experienced female mentors who will encourage and promote learning both on and off the programme.

Athletics Ireland are launching a nationwide, action-orientated mentorship programme to support and encourage future female leaders in our sport to reach their potential.

Athletics Ireland is committed to increasing women’s sustained involvement in athletics. Forerunners will allow participants to gain opportunities, equip them with the skills to empower others to perform efficiently and successfully in their roles, whilst inspiring confidence and enthusiasm among everyone in athletics. 


Programme Benefits:

  • Engage with like‐minded future leaders in athletics.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed to be a successful leader.
  • Hear from a diverse range of female experienced mentors, as well as inspirational leaders from outside of the athletics circle.
  • Confidence in your own abilities through practical learning and application.


Programme Dates:

  • 1st of February
  • 21st of March
  • 19th of September

All three seminars will take place in the Clayton Airport Hotel, Stockhole Lane, Swords, Co. Dublin.

This 8-month course has been designed to support, assist and facilitate in the fields of coaching, club development and communication and connectivity.


How Can I Be Part of this Programme?

Applications are now open and you can register your interest HERE to complete the application form.

Participants must be female, 18+ and demonstrat

e an interest in progressing in their chosen field.

For further information, please email Lilly-Ann O’Hora at


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