There are many challenges that athletes will face throughout their athletic life. The Sport Ireland Institute works with all athletes to develop the skills and competencies required to cope with the various transitions they may encounter. The principal of athletes being better able to blend sport with the other important elements of their lives is crucial for all round development. There are various factors to consider when looking at creating a balanced environment with a view to maximising an athletes ability to fulfil their potential in both areas. One of the main elements that can impact on athletic development is education and the ability to combine this with sport. Education may take many forms through different stages of your life:
- Junior Certificate / Leaving Certificate
- Transition Year
- Repeat Leaving Certificate
- Third Level Education
- Part time / Full time study
- Blended learning
- On-line learning
- Vocational Study
- Post-Graduate Study
The Sport Ireland Institute Lifeskills team can work with you to help you to evaluate your options and to make better informed decision on your education planning. These decisions could revolve around areas like course selection, institute selection or even evaluating the ability to elongate your study and create a part-time option and impact positively on your athletic performance.
We encourage athletes to self-manage all aspects of their career but with the knowledge that support and assistance are available to them where and when they may need it.
At the Sport Ireland Institute we have developed strong links with the universities/third level providers and work closely with them to support carded athletes / Institution to develop a high performance sport and education plan. This typically involves modification to the teaching or assessment programme of the athlete-student to facilitate their training and recovery needs.
Our academic partners are extremely supportive and as a consequence there are more high performance Irish athletes every year who are studying part-time, deferring examinations of course work or taking distance learning options or even exams at Irish embassies abroad.