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Women in Sport

Mountaineering Ireland’s Women in Sport Programme is funded by Sport Ireland, Women in Sport. It targets women of all ages, abilities, origins and backgrounds. The main goal of the programme is to create gender equality within all structures of mountaineering on the island of Ireland. It aims to give the same chances and support to women and men on their development path. It seeks to encourage the sustained involvement and participation of women in this sport at all levels as club members, leaders, recreational athletes, volunteers, coaches, trainers and skill providers, participants from grassroots to athletes and advocates. The programme also aims to demonstrate the importance and achievements of Irish female role models.

Please contact the training office for details on funding opportunities for training. 


Mountaineering Ireland's Women in Sport Programme’s action plan is based on the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Policy.

Coaching & Officiating

The aim is:

-to increase the base of dedicated female coaches in indoor and outdoor climbing and support their development; creating/increasing training sessions for women delivered by female coaches; creation of positive conditions for training;

- to increase the base of female leaders in mountaineering, who deliver navigation, scrambling and hillwalking skills and, support their development in the field;

- to create opportunities in coaching to overlap skills between navigation, hillwalking and rock climbing to maximise the learning opportunities in mountaineering;

-making sure female coaches/leaders take on prominent roles in their field of expertise as coaches, trainers and, mountain leaders within their clubs and work organisations.

Active Participation

The aim is to:

-increase female participation in hillwalking, indoor & outdoor climbing for women of all ages;
-minimize the drop out from participation in hillwalking and climbing in certain age groups of women;
-engage with women from minority backgrounds in hillwalking and rock climbing;

Leadership & Governance

The aim is to:

-strive towards greater gender balance in Boards/leaders of the clubs, groups and organisations,
-provide support & pathways for women mountaineers aspiring to progress both a professionally and recreationally; supply them with the confidence to take on leadership roles.


The aim is to:

-make sure the information on hillwalking courses, clubs, rock climbing gyms and opportunities for women is easily accessible,
-use the current female mountaineers as role models and inspiration.

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