Mayo Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) is issuing an urgent plea for volunteers as crucial vacancies threaten the core functions of the organisation. With essential positions like Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, the PRO and fixtures teams remaining unfilled, the continuity of women’s football in Mayo hangs in the balance.

The upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Tuesday 9th of January, 8pm, TF Royal Hotel Castlebar, serves as a critical juncture. Failure to fill these key roles will force a halt to all LGFA activities, including training and inter-county trials.

Des Phillips, Mayo LGFA Chairman, voiced deep concerns, stating, “The vacancies within Mayo LGFA present a real and immediate threat to the sustainability of our organisation. We’ve reached a critical juncture where the absence of key roles jeopardises the very existence of women’s football activities in Mayo. We are facing the prospect of having to turn to Croke Park and Connaught GAA to take over. We urge our community to rally behind us.”

The impact of the pandemic has exacerbated volunteer shortages across all levels of the game. The challenges faced by local clubs in filling positions have led to a bottleneck effect, preventing individuals from vacating roles within the clubs to step into county board positions.

It’s a call to action—Mayo LGFA desperately needs individuals passionate about women’s football, possessing the necessary skills or a willingness to learn, to step forward. The outgoing members are committed to supporting the transition, ensuring new members feel confident and competent in their roles.

“Joining Mayo LGFA isn’t just about filling a position; it’s about safeguarding the future of women’s football in our county,” stressed Des Phillips, Mayo LGFA. “We need the expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication of individuals to step into these roles and ensure the continuity and growth of the game we all cherish.”

Every new volunteer bridges the gap, ensuring the ongoing success and development of the sport for generations to come.

For inquiries, nominations, or to learn more about these vital roles within Mayo LGFA, please DM Mayo LGFA on socials or contact the secretary of your local club by emailing [clubname],