Elite Sport Initiatives

Through its elite sport structures and initiatives, DIT is committed to providing talented young sportspeople with a supportive environment within which they can develop maximum sporting performance alongside academic excellence. Our continued success in the future as one of the leading lights in High Performance Student Sport is through a closely-knit partnership with Sport Ireland Institute to develop and deliver a range of athlete-led support services.

Elite Athlete Support Programme

The Elite Athlete Support Programme is an athlete-led development programme whereby financial assistance and a network of support services are tailored to meet the needs of high performance sportspeople. The value and benefits of each 'package of support' is assessed on an individual basis and ranks support depending on the athlete's achievements, potential to develop as an athlete and commitment to represent and promote the Institute.

The Elite Athlete Support Programme application process is now open. To submit an application please click HERE. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 26th of May 2017.


Benefits of a place on the elite athlete support programme may include:

  • Financial support for academic fees, equipment, participation costs
  • Access to DIT High Performance Training Facilities
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaching
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Fitness Testing Facilities
  • Access to National and International elite competition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Physiotherapy Support
  • Academic Mentoring Support
  • DIT branded sportswear

All assessments are conducted by DIT Sport and the relevant National Governing Bodies of Sport.


Applications will be considered from current students and also from prospective students. To be considered eligible for a place on the Elite Athlete Support Programme applicants must fulfil the following criteria;

Ø Prospective students must meet DIT admission requirements through the CAO system and enrol on a full-time programme of academic study at DIT. Current students must show a satisfactory level of academic progression throughout the duration of their course.

Ø Be competing in a sport that is recognised by Sport Ireland

Ø Be of an outstanding ability and demonstrate the capabilities to compete at Interprovinicial, National or International level (Inter county level for GAA applicants)

Ø Commit to represent the Institute in the appropriate competitive structure.

A satisfactory level of academic and sporting progress is essential, if the award is to be renewed on an annual basis. The offer of a place on the Elite Athlete Support Programme does not include any special reductions in entry criteria or the offer of an academic place at the Institute. Talented young sportspeople who wish to be considered for the Elite Athlete Academic Entry to DIT will need to make a separate application.

Elite Athlete Entry Scheme

The Institute has put in place for all its undergraduate programmes an academic entrance scheme for elite athletes. Through this scheme the Institute awards additional CAO points for entry to full-time undergraduate courses and successful applicants will be offered concession points of approximately 10%. A limited number of places will be reserved for outstanding candidates who have achieved a very high level of sporting performance and who have identifiable potential for improvement. Successful applicants who comnmit represent the Institute in their chosen sport will also be offered access to a range of athlete-led support services such as strength and conditioning and nutritional support, performance development and PR workshops and access to quality training facilities.

Admission Criteria

The following criteria must be met:

  • Applicants must satisfy the general minimum entry requirements for admission to the Institute which can be accessed by clicking HERE.
  • Applicants must also satisfy the specific course requirements for the course(s) to which they are applying.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of reaching an extremely high level of sporting achievement


To be eligible, applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office before the normal closing date for applications, 1st February, or before the late closing date for applications, 1st May. See CAO for further information - official notification of offers are made through the CAO in mid August.

The maximum number of additional CAO points that may be awarded to applicants who have been deemed eligible based on 1) elite sport criteria and 2) entry requirements is 45 CAO points.

Elite Sport Criteria

Gaelic Games: Played at County Level

Soccer: Played at U/19 League of Ireland Level

Rugby: Played at National/Interprovincial Level or Elite Club/School Level

All Other Sports: Played/Competed at International/National/Elite Club Level or as identified by the recognised National Governing Body

For further information on DIT's Elite Sport Initiatives contact Niamh O'Callaghan at Tel: 402 7633 or at niamh.ocallaghan@dit.ie