Participants in the 2022 Donegal Sports Partnership's Female Leadership Programme were presented with their certificates at a celebration ceremony held at Backstage Bar and Grill in Letterkenny.
The event was held exactly ten weeks after the project was launched at the same venue.
Welcoming the participants, Donegal Sports Partnership's Education and Training Coordinator, Maggie Farrelly, commended them for their commitment to the programme.
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"I want to thank you all for coming and celebrating the completion of the Female Leadership Programme,” she said.
“When you came in here at the end of March you didn't know anybody. That has all changed since then and now you are pulling the tables together and sitting together as one group which is fantastic to see.
“That's what the programme is all about. It's about empowering you and building on relationships and networks. We didn't get to see that in the last group because of Covid and everything had to be done online. The hybrid-model approach of in-person mixed with online worked extremely well.”
The main aim of the programme, she explained, falls back into the Donegal Sports Partnership's strategy that's linked to the Sport Ireland's Women in Sport Strategy.
"Donegal Sports Partnership has always envisaged a need and desire to have more women more visible and in roles within our clubs and organisations. It was great that we had participants from so many diverse backgrounds," she commented.
"Our aim is to give you a sense of empowerment and to develop confidence, leadership qualities and resilience. Sometimes we do face challenges.
“I'm sure everyone here this evening has faced numerous challenges in your role, in your sport, in your community and in your personal life. But it's how you deal with all that.
Enya O'Donnell being presented with her certificate by Margaret O'Donnell from Donegal Sports Partnership
“So, this is not just about how you can achieve in sport, it's about how you can achieve as a person individually in your sport first of all, of course, because it is part of Donegal Sports Partnership."
"However, what you've learned over the last eight to ten weeks can be put into your work or your education. It can be put into whatever passions and beliefs you have. We hope the version of you now is more enhanced than it was ten weeks ago, or that you see yourself in a different perspective," Ms Farrelly added.
"I think overall, we developed an extremely comprehensive programme and hope it benefited you individually. You were all fully committed to this programme and each of you has left your mark on me personally. I think you have left your mark on each other as well in terms of the sharing of stories and the sharing of you as a person and an individual.”
She added: "Sport, as we know, can be predominantly competitive, but there are people out there who don't do competitive sport and it's important that they are catered for.
“At Donegal Sports Partnership it's all about participation and getting physically active - and that could be climbing a mountain at the weekend, getting on a bicycle or getting into a wheelchair and playing wheelchair basketball or whatever. It's all about getting out and meeting people, while also looking after your mental and physical well-being," she added.
The Sport Ireland certificates were presented by Margaret O'Donnell, governance and human resources officer with Donegal Sports Partnership.
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