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DIT Athlete Support Programme
(In partnership with the Irish Institute of Sport)                                 ‌
DIT is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of its work. The Sport & Recreation Service facilitates this vision through its Athlete Support Programme providing talented athletes with a supportive environment within which they can develop maximum sporting performance alongside academic excellence. Our continued success in the future as one of the leading lights in High Performance Student Sport is through a closely-knit partnership with the Irish Institute of Sport to develop and deliver a range of athlete led support services. We work hard to ensure that our elite student-athletes are supported to carefully balance their time and commitments to achieve their academic and sporting goals.
A limited number of places on the programme are awarded to full-time students who are accepted on a programme of study at DIT and who demonstrate outstanding ability in a particular sport.
Over the years we have supported many student-athletes across a wide range of sports some 26 in total - from gaelic games, rugby and soccer to boxing, rowing and sailing - as well as a wide range of academic disciplines. As long as your sport is recognised by the Irish Sports Council you are eligible to apply for a place on the athlete support programme at DIT.
Some of Ireland's Top Sporting Figures who have been supported or who are currently being supported as elite sportspeople studying at DIT include:
Ellen Keane (Irish 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medallist), Dave Kearney and Jordi Murphy (Leinster and Ireland Rugby Players), David Gillick (Twice European 400M Champion), Aidan O'Shea (Mayo Senior Footballer), Kevin McManamon and Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin Senior Footballers), Sinéad Goldrick (Dublin Senior Footballer), Denise Gaule (Kilkenny Senior Camogie Player), Darren O'Neill (Irish Olympian 2012), Kyle Good, Lee Cole, Kate Lloyd and Shirley McCoy (Irish International Hockey Players).

Elite Athlete Entry Scheme

The Elite Athlete Entry Scheme application process is now closed. The deadline for applications was 1st May 2017.

The Institute has put in place for all its undergraduate programmes an academic entrance scheme for elite sportspersons. Through this scheme the Institute awards additional CAO points for entry to full-time undergraduate courses and successful applicants will be offered up to a maximum of 10% or 45 additional CAO points for admission to all undergraduate programmes.


Elite Athlete Support Programme 2017-18

The Elite Athlete Support Programme applicaion process has closed. The deadline for applications was Monday 2nd October 2017.

Through it's elite sports structures and initiatives, DIT is committed to providing talented young sportspeople with a supportive environment within which they can develop maximum sporting performance alongside academic excellence.