Dublin football manager Mick Bohan calls for women's game to be 'under one umbrella' to enable greater progress

Dublin lifted the trophy for the third year in a row in front of a record crowd (PA Images)
Dublin lifted the trophy for the third year in a row in front of a record crowd (PA Images)
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Dublin's Gaelic football manager Mick Bohan has said that the lack of unity between the GAA and Camogie is halting the progress of the women's game.

Bohan led his side to a third successive All-Ireland ladies championship this year but despite a record attendance of 56,114, the winning coach says changes need to be made to the women's set up, starting with unity of the leagues.

“My feeling is it’ll never be a full success until that happens," said Boha. "It’s a little bit like, at the moment in our game, there’s still a provincial system and we don’t even have any teams in our province this year and we’re still involved in a provincial system.

“Is it because it’s the right thing for the game or because people don’t want to let go of their positions? And I think I’d be very clear on the answer to that. I think equally the same situation exists between Camogie, LGFA and the GAA. What’s the right thing to happen? Without a doubt, to go under the one umbrella,” he said.

The title-winning coach is also a pioneer for the women's game and the need to encourage higher female participation in sport, saying: "Teenage girls are opting out of activities at 16, 17 years of age, more so than their male counterparts. Parents will write notes for a girl much quicker than for a fella. Why? Because she’s a girl.

"If you break the norm, the same as you pack the car to see your daughter play as much as your son, you change the cycle.

He concluded by saying: “We should start off with the same dreams as a parent for your son as your daughter."

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