Calling on females from NCU to get involved and shape the future of cricket!

Jun 24, 2024 | General News

Applications for the “On the Front Foot” leadership development programme are now open and Northern Cricket Union is calling on female club members (over 18) to get involved.   

Established in 2020 by Cricket Ireland, the programme is designed to encourage and engage females in the sport as leaders through a programme of activities aiming to enhance innovation, creativity and leadership capabilities.  

Now entering its fourth year, the successful FREE programme has seen over 30 women advance their leadership roles in cricket around Ireland, with a number of previous female participants from NCU are having a positive impact locally.  

Those who take part are involved in all aspects of cricket – as players, coaches, administrators, referees, activators and more.  

Speaking about her experience on the programme, Jen Shilliday from Dundrum Cricket Club, Northern Cricket Union said: 

‘I am so thankful to be part of the On the Front Foot group and have loved being part of the programme this past season. I feel confident in knowing and understanding myself more and I am enjoying supporting other young women at our club to find their strengths and not be discouraged by their weaknesses. They are opportunities for learning and growth!

“The programme and the Mentors champion and support everyone that participates and I would certainly recommend anyone that wants to feel empowered to get involved.” 

The programme is free and open to female members of cricket clubs over the age of 18. It runs from September to March and involves six online evening sessions and two in-person Saturdays at the Sport Ireland Institute in Dublin.  

Interested female cricket club members over the age of 18 can find more information and apply by Friday, 23 August at 



About the Programme 

On the Front Foot aims to advance the innovation, creativity and leadership capabilities of Future Female Cricket Leaders in Ireland. The programme focuses on personal development and peer-to-peer learning, allowing participants to discuss experiences, challenges, and opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. Each participant receives individualised professional development, access to mentors, as well as hearing from experts in various performance environments both inside sport and from other professional domains. 

Who is it for?  

  • The programme is free and open to all women over 18 involved in cricket, including players, coaches, volunteers, activators and administrators.  

What’s involved? 

  • Timing: September 2024 to March 2025 
  • Format: Six online 90-minute sessions in the evenings and two in-person Saturdays at the Sport Ireland Institute in Dublin. 

What do I get?  

  • Content designed to challenge thinking and build personal and professional growth 
  • Guest sessions with leaders and experts in cricket. 
  • Mentorship opportunities. 
  • Individual development plan. 
  • Connection with a network of future female leaders in cricket  

How do I submit an application? 

Apply at by Friday 23 August.