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Sports Development & Performance - BA (Hons)

Course Code: LC323




4 Years


Sport & Early Childhood Education

CAO Points

New for 2022

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO



Sports Development is the promotion of sports activities within communities and sports organisations. Sports Development Officers typically work with specific sports such as hurling, football, soccer and rugby, or with target populations such as children and younger people, older adults, women, ethnic groups, people with disabilities or people living in socially disadvantaged areas. The role of the Sports Coach is complementary to that of the Sports Development Officer. Their job description is incredibly diverse and may include friend, mentor, instructor, planner, analyst, counsellor, organiser, demonstrator, disciplinarian, physical trainer, psychologist, nutritionist and leader. Successful coaches are innovative, constantly learning and evolving, always challenging themselves and their athletes to improve.

This course aims to develop high quality graduates with the skills necessary to succeed in this dynamic, exciting, challenging and potentially lucrative industry.

We have professional links with numerous sporting organisations including Sport Ireland and the network of Local Sports Partnerships, the National Governing Bodies of Sport, local sports clubs and community organisations, disability groups, local gyms and leisure centres, the Great Limerick Run, Munster Rugby and Limerick F.C. External training courses such as FAI Kick Start, Leprechaun Rugby, GAA Foundation & Level 1 and the Child Protection course enhance the student’s career prospects and employability.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish. Foundation Level Mathematics at grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this course. 

Who can I contact?

View our Sports CAO presentation and Q&A session

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What modules will I study?

Year 1

Wellbeing and Sport, Learning Skills & IT, Anatomy & Physiology for Sport, Sports & Club Accounts, Introduction to Coaching, Resistance Training, Conditioning for Sport and Fit, Media Communications & Personal Development, Exercise Psychology, Multi Sports Experience, Coaching Skills, Introduction to Sports Development.

Year 2

Fundamentals of Business Law, Nutrition, Fundamentals of Sports Events, Health and Fitness Assessment, Coaching Philosophy & Performance Analysis, Sports Injuries and Recovery, Marketing Principles, Sport and Society, Practical Sports Events, Movement Analysis, Sport Psychology, Analysis of Human Movement and Motor Control.

Year 3

Quantitative Analysis, Safeguarding & Ethics in Sport, Exercise Special Populations, Coaching Technologies, Sports Development & Governance, Sport, Exercise & Health, Work Placement/Study Abroad.

Year 4

Entrepreneurship, International Sports Development, Athlete Welfare, Talent Identification & Development, Integrated Practice Coaches, Enterprise Business Plan, Adapted Physical Activity, Psychological Skills, Fitness Demands & Testing, Final Year Research Project

Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates who wish to further their studies can do so in a relevant level 9 course or at PhD level.

What are the career prospects?

The benefits of sport and physical activity both to the individual and the community are well established. The increased professionalism of sport and the growing scientific approach to fitness ensures continued demand for jobs in sport and community related activities.

Sports graduates may find work in private or public bodies, including community sports hubs, local authority sport development teams, national governing bodies of sport, community groups, schools and out of schools programmes, sports clubs or youth organisations, as well as in business related roles such as sports managers/coordinators, sports analysts and graduate jobs in various private and public sector organisations.

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Who is the course suited to?

This course will suit individuals with a passion for people, sport and exercise. You will need to enjoy working in a team environment with people of all ages, from different backgrounds and with different abilities. Community sports development is a large and diverse area offering many opportunities within the private, public and voluntary sectors.



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