DCU Sports Academy gets backing from Bank of Ireland
DUBLIN City University and Bank of Ireland are strengthening their winning partnership with confirmation that Bank of Ireland will continue its support of the DCU Sports Academy. The agreement, which now extends to 2020, will enable DCU Sports Academy to continue to support male and female elite athletes from track and field and inter-county GAA players (male and female) to reach their optimum performance levels and combine their studies effectively.
Since it was established in 2006 with the backing of Bank Ireland, DCU Sports Academy has provided athlete support programmes that include strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports performance development and academic guidance and career advice.
Today, the Academy assists 210 athletes and it is anticipated that the number of athletes will grow by a further 50% over the next five years.
President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith said: ‘ The support of Bank of Ireland for the DCU Sports Academy has been vital in ensuring that we can provide the best possible programmes to help our students combine their studies and the demands of their chosen sport in a positive, healthy and enriching manner.
The Academy has grown significantly since it first opened in 2006 with 30 GAA players to now assist 210 students, including track and field athletes and female inter-county footballers. We are delighted that BOI are continuing this partnership and look forward to working with them in the coming years.’
Pictured at the announcement that Bank of Ireland have extended their support for DCU Sports Academy up to 2020 were (l-r) Nathalie Walker, CEO DCU Educational Trust, Liam McLoughlin, Head of Retail Services, Bank of Ireland, Catherine McManus, DCU Athletics, Ashtown, Leah Caffrey, DCU GAA, Na Fianna