An Honours Degree Course in Sports Management and Coaching has been developed by the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. The inaugural course commenced in September 2008 and the full 4 year programme can be viewed here.
Tennis Ireland have an arrangement with ITB for those students who have achieved a minimum playing standard of Junior Inter Provincial level, have been granted a sports scholarship by ITB and have been successful in the Institutes sporting prowess programme:
Our courses are delivered at weekends and during school holiday periods and students on the degree course would have to make themselves available at these times. We will waive both fees for the selected ITB students.
In developing the new suite of Sports Management courses, ITB provide an opportunity to students who display particular sporting prowess to participate on the Sports Management and Coaching degree course. It is planned to reserve up to 10% of available places for such students. Students must apply through the CAO in the usual manner and then make a separate application to ITB through the relevant sporting body. Applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for the course but there will be up to 50 points available at interview that will be added to applicants Leaving Certificate points total.
In addition once the player is accepted on the course he/she can apply for sports scholarship involving a good financial package and support services.
The potential work for graduates achieving the BA in Sports Management and Coaching and the Tennis Ireland Level 2 Coaches Certification is the following:
For those students who are not highly academic or for whatever reason don’t achieve enough points to advance first time round to a 3rd level Institution, the FAS Tennis Coaches training course is a programme that young tennis players might be interested in pursuing.
The FAS Tennis Coaches training course is recognised by Tennis Ireland and is a full time training programme for approximately 3 College semesters.
Successful graduates from the programmes may be able to advance to the ITB Sports Management and Coaching Degree Course.