Setanta College to continue rapid growth with international expansion and jobs creation

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Setanta College, a sports college providing strength and conditioning and performance science education has today (07.04.2021) announced a series of international partnerships and plans to create 30 new jobs over the next two years.

The college, with multiple Irish campuses including Tipperary, Cork, Galway and Dublin, is announcing the job creation on foot of recent international partnerships with sporting organisations including professional baseball teams the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros in the US, Saracens Rugby in the UK and JSW Sport and the Inspire Institute of Sport in India. Plans are also underway to expand into South Africa.

Setanta College expect the partnerships with JWS Sport, a $13 billion conglomerate aiming to enhance the development of sport in India, and the Inspire Institute of Sport to be worth in the region of €7million over the next number of years.

The partnerships will involve delivery of Setanta College courses at world-class facilities, including Saracens’ StoneX Stadium in London and The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in Florida, training ground of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals Major League baseball teams. Students in these regions will benefit from studying in elite-level professional environments, while courses will also be delivered to members of each sporting organisation.

Since the foundation of the college in 1999 by Dr Liam Hennessy, the number of staff employed by the institute has grown to 50, and the new partnerships will see the number of employees rise to 80. The new positions will be required to provide education and support to the growing number of Setanta College students both in Ireland and internationally. To date, there have been more than 55,000 graduates of the institute. 

Setanta College

The college provides courses at certificate, diploma, degree and masters levels in a variety of areas such as personal training, strength and conditioning and performance coaching. Students can also specialise in areas such as youth athletic development. Notable graduates and students of the college include world champion rower Sanita Puspure, Head of Strength and Conditioning with Limerick County Hurling Team Mikey Kiely and Kilkenny hurler TJ Reid.

There have also been a number of recent high-profile appointments to the college, including Des Ryan, former Head of Sports Medicine and Athletic Development at Arsenal who has been appointed Director of Coaching and Performance at Setanta College, and Professor Ian Jeffreys, who has previously worked with Cardiff City FC and Welsh Rugby Union academies, and is an internationally-renowned author, coach and educator in the field.

Speaking today about the international expansion and jobs announcement, Commercial Director of Setanta College, Seán Hogan said: “Our international expansion represents a new step for Setanta College and is reflective of the extraordinary growth we have experienced over the past number of years.

“At Setanta College we are passionate about providing our students with progressive learning experiences that leads to a greater specialised knowledge, awareness, and understanding with a strong practical competence in strength and conditioning, sports, exercise, and performance science and coaching.

“Our expansion into the UK, US and India brings our knowledge and experience to elite players and coaches and is an important milestone for the business, representing significant growth.

“Not only will the new partnerships enhance the reputation of Setanta College internationally, but it will also create jobs and exciting opportunities for passionate and experienced sports educators here in Ireland. As the international and domestic profile of the college builds and demand increases, we will need quality lecturing and administrative staff to continue to provide the top-level education and training that the college has become known for and continue produce graduates and professionals that can play a pivotal role in improving the lives of others through the benefits of physical activity.

“We look forward to expanding the team of international specialists who lecture on both our online and full-time programmes. Our lecturers, who are qualified to MSc or PhD level, are former high-level sports people, active coaches or both.”

In recent months, Setanta College has designed and delivered the GAA’s ‘Be Ready to Play’ programme – a coaching and sport science programme to support players to return to training post Covid-19 in a way that will increase performance, participation and reducing the risk of injury.

Setanta College has also launched a new Master of Science in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology course, designed in association with a panel of leading experts from the sport, health, and fitness industries.

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