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Elite Sport Initiatives

Through its elite sport 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. Our continued success in the future as one of the leading lights in High Performance Student Sport is through a closely knit partnership with Sport Ireland Institute to develop and deliver a range of athlete-led support services.

Elite Athlete Support Programme

The Elite Athlete Support Programme is an athlete-led development programme whereby financial assistance and a network of support services are tailored to meet the needs of high performance sportspeople. The value and benefits of each 'package of support' is assessed on an individual basis and ranks support depending on the athletes achievements, potential to develop as an athlete and commitment to represent and promote the Institute.

The Athlete Support Programme is now closed. The deadline was Friday 26th May 2017.

 

 

Benefit of a place on the Elite Athlete Support Programme may include:
 
Financial support for academic fees, equipment, participation costs

Access to DIT High Performance Training Facilities

Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Sports Nutrition

Fitness Testing Facilities

Access to National and International elite competition

Sports Psychology

Physiotherapy Support

Academic Mentoring Support

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Applications will only be considered from prospective students who have applied for a full-time programme of study at the Institute and applicants should apply through the CAO in the normal way. To be considered for a place on the Elite Athlete Support Programme applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

 

Prospective students must meet the Minimum Entry Requirements for DIT programmes, apply through the CAO and, once offered a place, register on a full-time programme of academic study with DIT.


Be competing in a sport that is recognised by Sport Ireland.


Be of outstanding ability and demonstrate the capabilities to compete at Interprovincial, National or International level (Inter County level for GAA applicants).


Commit to represent the Institute in the appropriate competitive structure.

All applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be short-listed for interview. The interview panel will consider the applicants current level of performance, potential to develop as an elite athlete and the possible contribution to the development of sport at DIT.

A satisfactory level of academic and sporting progress is essential if the award is to be renewed on an annual basis. The offer of a place on the Elite Athlete Support Programme does not include any special reductions in entry criteria or the offer of an academic place at the Institute. Talented young sportspeople who wish to be considered for the Elite Athlete Academic Entry to DIT will have to make a separate application.

Apply for the Programme 

 
As places on the Athlete Support Programme are only awarded to full-time students who are accepted into DIT, applications will only be considered from prospective students who have applied for a full-time programme of study at the Institute. Applicants should apply through the CAO in the normal way.
 
Applicants should be competing at a high level and be willing to represent and compete for the Institute in their chosen sport. To apply for a place on the 2017-2018 programme students must complete an online application form by clicking on the link below, the closing date for submission is Friday 26th of May 2017. All applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be short-listed for interview. The interview panel will consider the applicants current level of performance, potential to develop as an elite athlete and the possible contribution to the development of sport at DIT.
 
For further information regarding criteria, eligibility and benefits of the DIT Athlete Support Programme please click HERE to download an Athlete Support Programme Leaflet.
 
If you would like to make any informal enquiries about the Athlete Support Programme or require any assistance with the application process please contact Niamh O'Callaghan, Sports Officer -
 
Tel: (01) 4023042
 
Mobile: 087 2985849