Grand Slam winner Lynne Cantwell will chair a new steering committee which will implement Sport Ireland's Women in Sport policy.
The policy will aim to deliver in four key areas: Coaching & Officiating, Active Participation, Leadership & Governance and Visibility in a bid to achieve equal participation between male and females in sport.
Under the Women in Sport Policy, Sport Ireland will re-launch Women in Sport funding programme for National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships with the budget set to increase to €2million annually.
Cantwell, who won a Grand Slam with the Ireland Women's Rugby team, will chair the 10-person committee tasked with the implementation of the policy.
“The new Women in Sport Policy aims to provide a blueprint for Sport Ireland on the organisation’s future work in the area of women in sport. Sport Ireland began an extensive review in 2018, which examined the current landscape of women in sport in Ireland, identifying any barriers to their participation in all areas of sport," Cantwell.
"Through the hosting of focus groups, gathering and analysing qualitative and quantitative research on women’s involvement in sport, identifying international best practice in the area of advancing involvement in sport, and consultation with key stakeholders on the barriers and opportunities, Sport Ireland has developed this policy which we feel will have a significant impact of the future of women’s sport in Ireland. Together with the new Women in Sport Steering Committee, I look forward to overseeing the implementation of this ambitious policy.”
Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, added: “The Women in Sport Policy reaffirms the Sport Ireland’s commitment to women in sport. The policy identifies four key areas of focus, where Sport Ireland wants to make a significant, positive and measurable impact.
"Our work in the area of Women in Sport over the coming years will be centred on Coaching & Officiating, Active Participation, Leadership & Governance and Visibility. In order to help us deliver on the policy, Sport Ireland will shortly be appointing a Women in Sport Lead.”
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