Sports Development & Performance

Sports Development is the promotion of sports activities within communities and sports organisations. Sports Development Officers typically work with specific sportssuch as hurling, football, soccer and rugby, or with target populations such as children and younger people, older adults, women, ethnic groups, people with disabilities or people living in socially disadvantaged areas. The role of the Sports Coach is complementary to that of the Sports Development Officer. Their job description is incredibly diverse and may include friend, mentor, instructor, planner, analyst, counsellor, organiser, demonstrator, disciplinarian, physical trainer, psychologist, nutritionist and leader. Successful coaches are innovative, constantly learning and evolving, always challenging themselves and their athletes to improve. This programme aims to develop high quality graduates with the skills necessary to succeed in this dynamic, exciting, challenging and potentially lucrative industry. We have professional links with numerous sporting organisations including Sport Ireland and the network of Local Sports Partnerships, the National Governing Bodies of Sport, local sports clubs and community organisations, disability groups, local gymsand leisure centres, the Great Limerick Run, Munster Rugby and Limerick F.C. External training courses such as FAI Kick Start, Leprechaun Rugby, GAA Foundation & Level 1 and the Child Protection course enhance the student’s career prospects and employability.