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  • Programme Code:
    LC420
    Course Level:
    Level 6
    Department:
    Sports, Leisure & Tourism
    CAO Points:
    New Programme 2019
    Duration:
    2 years
    Campus:
    Thurles
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    What is the programme about?
    Sports development is the promotion of sports activities within communities. Sports Development Officers typically work with specific sports such 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 such as the IRFU, GAA and FAI, local sports clubs and community organisations, disability groups, gyms and 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.

    Who is the programme suited to?
    The programme will suit individuals with a passion for people, sport and exercise. You will need to enjoy working in a team environment with people of all ages, from different backgrounds and with different abilities. Sports development and coaching jobs are rarely 9-5, Monday to Friday roles and no two days are ever the same!

    Class Contact Hours
    22 hours per week in Year 1.
    19 hours per week in Year 2.

 

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