Killarney woman completes first Women in Football course FAI Women in Football – Emerging Leaders Programme
By Sean Moriarty
A Killarney woman is one of 33 women involved in Irish soccer to complete the FAI’s Women in Football – Emerging Leaders Programme.

Well-known Killarney soccer volunteerRamona Keogh completed the 12 month course last week.

The programme, set up the FAI and delivered by UEFA, aimed to provide female administrators with the tools, techniques and skills necessary for them to undertake senior positions efficiently and with greater confidence within clubs, leagues, regional and national committee level.

It was run by the FAI’s Head of Women’s Football, Sue Ronan, and was the first one of its kind in Ireland.

“The experience in football that this group had is incredible and powerful. There are amazing women in football around the country. We need them to step forward with their qualities,” said Ramona, who is the only Kerry woman to complete the course.

“Personally, it’s been a great experience of learning on this journey and to be involved on the first programme over the past year. The diversity of the group coming from all backgrounds of the game in Ireland made it very fulfilling.”

The final part of the course had to take place online due to COVID-19 travel restrictions but it is hoped that a graduation ceremony will be able to take place in-person in 2021.