NWCU participates to join On the Front Foot Future Female Leaders Course
Just over three years ago, the NWCU had no Women involved in the leadership of cricket here apart from the loyal team club captains.
Over the past few years however the NWCU have developed key strategies to increase the number of female leaders in our game.
The creation of the NWCU Women’s Development Committee, dedicated to improving the local game for girls and women and to support the growth of the game. It is made up of four females and one male.
The introduction of the development league for the reintroduction to the game for past players who are keen to give it another go and help to guide younger players into competitive cricket. This has significantly increased the number of playing women and has led to several women getting involved in the organisation and leadership of these teams.
On the Front Foot Future Female Leaders
In partnership with Cricket Ireland and Sport Ireland, the NWCU are supporting a new female leadership course for future leaders in our game with 3 local representatives starting the 8-week course this week:
Dawn McLaughlin of Ballyspallen is a keen volunteer who helps to get the development team out every Wednesday for games and organises training sessions with coaches. She has also managed to organise a full set of playing kit for this team to wear to games. She is looking forward to being involved in On the Front Foot Leadership Course during the off season to hone her leadership skills even more.
Mollie Devine is also participating in the On the Front Foot Leadership Course. Mollie has been captain of Fox Lodge over the past year and has played representative cricket for the North West. She is currently on a work placement with the NWCU as a Cricket Development Officer. Through her placement she has been involved with running the International matches, coaching in schools and groups and even got a chance to commentate at the All Ireland Women’s Final! The On the Front Foot Course will build her confidence and help her to use leadership skills in a positive and influencing way.
Lynda Macbeth is a member of the Development Committee and has recently been asked to be a mentor for women and girls attending the On the Front Foot Leadership Course. She has a wealth of knowledge around business, volunteering and is enthusiastic about getting girls playing cricket.
Kathryn Rough, the NWCU Women & Girls Development Officer, praised the new course:
“It’s testament to the growth of the women’s game here that we now have 3 people involved in the course. We are trying to grow not only our female playing numbers but also our female leaders. Both Dawn and Mollie should learn a lot from the course and take this knowledge back to their clubs. It’s also great to have Lynda act as a mentor and with her background in business and club cricket she is a brilliant role models for our future leaders.”