Women leading the way in sport

28th February 2012: DIT celebrated the ‘Developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity’ programme when 9 women were presented with their sports coaching certificates and certificate for completion of the programme. The graduates represent students of DIT as well as members of DIT’s wider community. 

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Presenting the awards, President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton congratulated the participants and the mentors who inspired them.  He said DIT was proud to be involved with this programme and he hoped it would continue.  “You have all given the lead and I hope many more women will follow.  Sport and physical activity is extremely important in student life and I think greater involvement of women at organisational level is key.”

Niamh O’Callaghan, Sports Officer at DIT said the ‘Developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity Programm’ was established last year with the aim of increasing involvement of women at all levels in sporting organisations, not only at college level but more generally also.  “In partnership with Dublin City Council, we teamed up with a number of National Governing Bodies of Sport to develop and deliver an innovative training and development programme designed to give women the knowledge, confidence and new skills to become involved in sport at all levels whether as a participant, coach, official or active leader in sport”.

Acknowledging the Programme Partners, Ms O’Callaghan thanked representatives from Dublin City Council Jim Beggan and Coilin O’Reilly.  Supporters of the Programme include representatives from various  National Governing Bodies of Sport –  GAA, FAI, IRFU, Swim Ireland, Irish Sailing Association, Irish Underwater Council.  “Through the programme we provided access to quality sporting facilities, an excellent teaching and learning environment, advice and support to our participants that assisted them to flourish during their time here in DIT enabling them to achieve their true potential in sport.”

Building on the success of the programme DIT, in partnership with DCC, is recruiting 20 women to participate on the 2012 ‘Developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity’ Programme. This has been made possible through the financial assistance received from the South Inner City Local Drug Task Force.  The DIT Sports Service is extremely grateful for the financial support and for the commitment of a dedicated team of sports professionals from DIT, Dublin City Council and the National Governing Bodies of Sport.

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