The Athlete Support Programme is an athlete led development programme whereby financial assistance and a network of support services are designed to meet the individual needs of elite and high performance athletes
Our range of sport scholarships offer high level support to aspiring elite and high performance athletes and the benefits of each ‘package of support’ is assessed on an individual basis and ranks depending on an athlete’s achievements, potential for development and commitment to represent DIT.
In order to be considered eligible for a place on the Athlete Support Programme applicants must fulfil the following criteria;
- Been offered a place on a programme of study for the new academic year or be a current DIT student
- Be of regional/county, national or international standard in your chosen sport
- Commit to represent DIT in the appropriate competitive pathway
The benefits of an award may include:
- Access to DIT High Performance Training facilities
- Financial Support
- Fee Waiver
- Strength and Conditioning
- Sports Nutrition
- Fitness Testing
- Performance Skills Workshops
- Sports Psychology
- Career Guidance Support
- Academic Mentoring (flexible study options)
The offer of a place on the Athlete Support Programme does not include any special reductions in entry criteria or the offer of an academic place at DIT. Elite sportspersons who wish to be considered for the Elite Athlete Academic Entry Scheme will need to make a separate application.
Fulfil your student experience and pursue opportunities to compete in Senior Intervarsity competitions and even the World University Games….
For further information regarding criteria, eligibility and benefits of the DIT Athlete Support Programme please click the link to download the Elite Athlete Information Leaflet 2018-19
Ellen Keane, Irish Paralympian – Swimming
“The programme has allowed me to make adjustments to my timetable without sacrificing the quality of my training and college education. The funding has also been a major impact to me allowing me to be able to pay for college and use other funds to pay for my training and competition. I started DIT as a Paralympic athlete but will leave as a Paralympic Medallist and this would not have been possible without the support I have received”.
Oliver Dingley, Irish Olympian – Diving
“I am able to pursue a degree in Film and Broadcasting alongside my sporting career because of the support given to me by DIT, I am offered flexible study options which enables me to continue to train full-time and work towards Tokyo 2020”
Applications to the Elite Athlete Support Programme are not being accepted at present.
Further information about Elite Sport at DIT can be made available by contacting Niamh O'Callaghan, Sports Officer -