Dublin City Sports Network
John Kerrane represents the School on the Dublin City Sports Network (DCSN). This body is part of a national structure of agencies (usually referred to as Local Sports Partnerships), funded by the Irish Sports Council and the local authorities, (in this case Dublin City Council) to promote the development, planning and co-ordination of sport and physical activity at local level. The DCSN is made up of a variety of agencies including: Dublin City Council, HSE, City of Dublin VEC, DCU, Federation of Irish Sport, a number of sports governing bodies (Leinster Rugby, Dublin Co. Board GAA, FAI, Swimming, Tennis), The Physical Education Association of Ireland, Gardai.
Heart Smart is a programme, delivered in conjunction with DCU Sport, which provides opportunities for participation in exercise classes in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Participant will have the opportunity to exercise regularly with others who have a similar medical background. It is suitable for most people with heart disease. There is a high staff to participant ratio. Those engaged in the programme are encouraged to exercise at least twice a week with us, and also on your own at home.
Irish Sports Council
Irish Institute of Sport
The newly formed IIS now plays a key role in the development of elite sport in Ireland. A number of the Schools staff members sit on the IIS Technical Advisory Group as well as the Professional Quality Assurance Panel responsible for the accreditation of sports science and medical service providers working with Irelands elite and aspiring athletes. As part of this process staff members have been accredited to provide sports science support services to Irelands top athletes.
Olympic Council of Ireland
The School of Health and Human performance has developed close links with the Olympic Council of Ireland. Dr Giles Warrington acts as Chief Sports Science Advisor to the OCI and Enda Whyte is a member of their medical team. Both members of staff were part of the official medical team at both the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games. The OCI has also taken DCU sports science students on INTRA placement.
National Governing Bodies of Sport
Strong links have also been developed with a number of key NGB’s with a number of academic staff playing key technical and support roles. These include: