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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
- Business & Industry
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Community Sports Partnerships
The High performance sports program has developed a number of key partnerships with Local High performance sports teams and organisations, National governing bodies, the Irish Institute of Sport and departments within the University that will enhance our support to students.
Local Sports Partnership
The University Sports Unit are board members of the Local Sport’s Partnership (2008.)
Working with representative bodies from the wider community of Sport and Recreation of the local County and City councils. To support, promote and develop National Sports policy at a local level empowering the local community.
Galway Sports Partnership
Galway Sports Partnership was established in October 2012 as a result of a merger between County Galway Local Sports Partnership and Galway City Sports Partnership. Both of these entities were originally established in 2008.
Galway Sports Partnerships (GSP) is governed by a Steering Group. The Steering group is made up of a number of statutory agencies, community organisations and sporting representatives who have a role or interest in the area of participation in sport and physical activity. The membership of this Steering Group now reflects the changing landscape in so far as the community and voluntary sector is concerned, in that there are now 6 members elected from the Public Participation Network (PPN) – 3 representatives from Galway City and 3 from Galway County.
Galway Sports Partnership receives both strategic and policy guidance from Sport Ireland.
Galway Sports Partnership (GSP) is hosted by Galway Co. Co. and operates out of the Local Authority offices in Liosbaun Estate on the Tuam Road in Galway. We also maintain an office in Galway City Council offices, College Rd, Galway. GSP has three employees and all three positions are fully funded annually by the Sport Ireland.
NUI Galway and Connacht GAA have worked together for over 20 years to promote Gaelic games within the University, including Football, Hurling, Camogie and Handball. The Gaelic Games Development Officer works with the students and the sports unit on their player pathway.
Each year, NUI Galway men’s Gaelic football and hurling teams take part in the Connacht FBD football league and the Connacht Intermediate hurling league as well as the third level junior football competitions organised by Connacht GAA.
NUI Galway and Connacht Rugby have announced a comprehensive partnership to further develop the sporting, academic, research and educational links between the two. The partnership aims to nurture the next generation of sports performers and scholars.
The partnership will see NUI Galway support the Connacht Rugby Academy and the Connacht Rugby Age Grade Representative teams. A key aspect of the partnership is the offer of structured third level education to elite players. This structured education will also involve a mentoring and development programme. The NUI Rugby Development Officer is the conduit for this partnership.
Athletics within NUIG is supported by 2 qualified Athletic Ireland coaches. The Regional Sports centre in Dangan hosts the NUIG Athletics club and as a Regional centre enables NUIG to attract high performance athletes.
Get Going... Get Rowing in Connacht
In 2014, Rowing Ireland received funding through The Irish Sports Council (ISC) Women in Sport initiative which enabled the creation of the Get Going… Get Rowing programme.
In November 2014, NUI Galway joined forces with Rowing Ireland to jointly fund the Get Going… Get Rowing programme in Connacht.
The FAI have been in partnership with the university since 2011. The underage FAI Elite pathway of Development leagues is hosted by NUIG in Dagan, on Saturdays and Sunday's for girls and boys from the ages of 10 to 14 (boys) and 12 to 16 (girls).
These leagues are designed as a pathway for the best young players from the County and local leagues in Galway city to reach their full potential in soccer. There are approximately 120 boys (4 squads) and 90 girls (3 squads) attending. All are coached by fully licensed coaches from the FAI. All coaches are from the local Galway and District league.