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Bank of Ireland Business Awards Launched at LIT Thurles


Bank of Ireland’s inaugural Business Plan Awards have been launched at LIT Thurles. The awards, open to all final year BSc Sports Strength and Conditioning students at LIT Thurles, require students to prepare and present a Business Plan.

Mr Michael O’Grady, Business Manager, BOI and Ms Trish Ryan, Branch Manager, BOI Thurles launching the award emphasised the importance of business planning stating that “Bank of Ireland are delighted to sponsor the Business Plan Awards for final year students in the BSc course in Strength and Conditioning in LIT Thurles.

“This is the inaugural year of the competition and the skills that the students obtain to develop and prepare a business plan will help them throughout their working life. Bank of Ireland are committed to supporting businesses from start up to maturity and we look forward to continuing our support to LIT Thurles throughout this competition.”

Jean Forbes-Cooke, Lecturer at LIT said, “With a state of the art 2,000 square metre SportsLab boasting facilities not available elsewhere in Europe and the unique nature of the programme, it is not surprising that the BSc Sports Strength and Conditioning programme continues to attract large numbers of students to the Thurles Campus.

“The programme is built around two pillars: strength/conditioning and business/technology. This combination places the programme in a unique position among sports programmes offered in Ireland. The Strength and Conditioning Coach is becoming a central and key figure in preparing and advancing the fitness and performance status of the individual athlete and team both in professional sport and also in amateur and recreational sport.

“A modern Strength and Conditioning Coach will also have additional skills that utilise advances in technology to impact on the development of the athlete, player and team; as well as requiring core business competencies to be flexible in applying his/her strength and conditioning skills.

“This unique combination of both sports and business skills equips students to participate in the highly competitive and increasingly commercial world of sport.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Bank of Ireland to provide a real learning experience for our students; the skills and experience gained from this fantastic opportunity will extend well beyond the classroom and into the future”.

The announcement of the Bank of Ireland Business Plan Awards will be made in April 2017.

Michael O'Grady, Business Manager BOI; Enda Lyons, Year 4 Student, LIT; Trish Ryan, Branch Manager, BOI, Thurles
Michael O'Grady, Business Manager BOI; Enda Lyons, Year 4 Student, LIT; Trish Ryan, Branch Manager, BOI, Thurles
Michael O'Grady, Business Manager BOI;  Jean Forbes-Cooke, Lecturer, LIT;  Trish Ryan, Branch Manager, BOI, Thurles
Michael O'Grady, Business Manager BOI; Jean Forbes-Cooke, Lecturer, LIT; Trish Ryan, Branch Manager, BOI, Thurles

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