DCU Sports Development Service
The DCU Sports Academy is dedicated to providing talented Irish sportspeople with the opportunity to achieve sustained levels of excellence in elite sport and attain a top class university degree. The academy currently provides opportunities for athletes in elite sports-Athletics and Men’s Gaelic Football. Under this model DCU is preparing gifted and talented young people not just to excel on the sports field but also to acquire the qualifications that will equip them for successful lives after their sports careers are over. Athletes will live on campus and have full access to the support services offered through the Sport Scholarship programme. The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern in November 2006, officially launched the Academy and DCU now supports nearly 140 elite athletes through both Academies and the Sport Scholarship programme.