18 May 2018
Two year extension to Jim Madden Leadership Programme for GPA and WGPA members confirmed
100 male and female inter county players have undertaken the programme so far and this will double after today’s announcement
Programme also includes a school programme where players have to date visited over 80 schools and spoken to over 2,300 primary school children about how to be leaders in their communities
Today a two-year extension to the Jim Madden Gaelic Players Association (GPA) Leadership Programme was announced by the Madden family and the CEO of the GPA Seamus Hickey.
The Jim Madden Programme is a bespoke learning and leadership course developed for county players from hurling, football, camogie and ladies football to help them acquire the necessary skills and experience to become real leaders in the community and in their professional lives.
Since its launch in 2014 over 100 players have benefited from the programme to help them use their experience as elite players in a highly competitive environment to develop exceptional leadership qualities to use on and off the field of play. The Programme includes a very popular primary school element where players have to date visited over 80 schools and spoken to over 2,300 primary school children about how to be leaders in their communities.
Some of the participants in the programme have included All Ireland winners Paul Flynn (Dublin Football), Anna Geary (Cork Camogie), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny Hurling), and Sinead Finnegan (Dublin Ladies Football).
Many of these players have continued on with their studies at Maynooth University where a specially designed module at Level 9 (NFQ) was designed for graduates of the Leadership Programme.
Speaking of the renewed relationship, programme sponsor Michael Madden commented: “As a family we are immensely proud of our late father Jim’s legacy and we wanted to mark his memory in a positive way. This Leadership Programme hopefully inspires our young players. These are people who are driven by the desire to lead, to give back and to make a difference in their communities, primary schools and society. We are delighted to work with the Gaelic Players Association to deliver this new Programme and to be the first to include camogie and ladies footballers in the mix. We have been delighted to watch the participants grow and develop on the Programme and wish all the future participants in the course the very best of luck with their education and look forward to watching them grow and develop as people, as players and as role models along the way.”
Speaking today GPA CEO Seamus Hickey said: “We are thrilled that the Madden family are extending their sponsorship of this valuable programme. The feedback from our members who have participated in this programme is that it has had a transformational effect on their lives and careers. At the GPA we are focused on helping our members to thrive on and off the field of play. Gaelic Players are natural born leaders and are highly sought after by employers because of the array of transferable skills they bring with them from the pitch. These skills are honed through the experience and resilience developed as elite players in a highly competitive environment. High performance is often traceable from the players own ability to lead by example, encouraging greater levels of performance from team mates. This programme helps players to bring those innate skills alive off the pitch and to really drive their personal development. We’re delighted that the madden family have agreed to an extension of this valuable programme.”