The DCU Sports Academy is responsible for supporting young athletes in reaching their potential in both sporting and academic fields in Athletics and GAA. The Academy is dedicated to providing talented sports people with the opportunity to achieve sustained levels of excellence in elite sport and attain a prestigious university degree. The Academy ensures that students achieve both their academic goal and athletic dreams through world class coaching, state of art facilities, supports, services and study flexibility. The DCU Sports Academy provides a holistic environment, which enables Ireland’s elite sportspeople to pursue their education while continuing their sport career development in a best practice high performance setting. 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.