Students benefit from leadership programme
TWO WEXFORD hurling colleagues are among the 26 county players who commenced their studies on the new GPA Jim Madden Leadership Programme in Dublin on Friday.
Team captain Matthew O'Hanlon and attacker Liam Og McGovern are included in the annual programme which will develop the group of county players from hurling, camogie, Gaelic football - men's and ladies - with the necessary skills, motivation and experience to become successful leaders in the community.
This programme, the first of its kind in Ireland, is made possible thanks to the support of Michael Madden and his family who are dedicating the new curriculum to the memory of their late father, Jim, who was a tireless grassroots G.A.A. and community activist in Tipperary.
The first module on the course will provide the players with a valuable insight into leadership, with guest lecturers including Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave and Colm Foster from the U.C.D. Smurfit School.
The bespoke one-year course, conducted by the GPA and independent leadership experts, will run initially for three years and is supported by a dedicated online learning platform.
Participants will complete three main modules in the syllabus: leadership workshops, personal development and coaching, culminating with a community project.
Friday saw the start of the first module which includes a leadership master class, personal effectiveness, interpersonal skills and group skills. Unfortunately, Waterford spoiled what would have been a wonderful week all round for the county hurling duo.