Knowledge you need to improve the performance of Athletes

Why choose Setanta College if Athletics is your sport?

Dr. Hennessy is a retired international athlete, who competed in the Pole Vault and representing Ireland on more than 55 occasions.

Dr. Hennessy became National Jumps Coach in Ireland after he finished competing and also acted as Irish team manager at the first IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics in Athens in 1985. He has worked with many Irish Olympics Athletes throughout the years. At Atlanta 1996, he was the Chief Exercise Physiologist to the Irish Olympic Team.

These years of accumulated knowledge are integrated into our world-class coach education modules. The modules are designed to give both novice and experienced Athletics Coaches the skill sets and confidence to develop and run safe, practical and fun coaching sessions for athletes of all ages.

Our MSc qualified staff are past or current top class sports people or experienced coaches, and well-known athletes and athletic coaches attend our programmes.

Rob Heffernan, Setanta College Student

Rob Heffernan, Setanta College Student

Irish Institute of Sport is a Setanta College Partner


Claire Brady, Setanta College Tutor

Claire Brady, Setanta College Tutor

Setanta College graduates know how to:

  • Protect against injury.
  • Plan recovery from playing properly.
  • Coach and train more effectively.
  • Build endurance and stamina.
  • Improve speed and applied strength.
  • Know what and when to eat.
  • Assess fitness.
  • Develop individual and team Strength & Conditioning programmes.
  • Help players play more, better and for longer.

Your journey to success starts here

How do the courses work?

Our online programmes are designed to fit in with busy work schedules.

Once you register, you get access to the modules online. The courses are structured in a modular format with each module building on the previous one to take you along our educational pathway. This allows you to work through the modules at your own pace and gain qualifications along the way from Certificates, to Degree or even Masters if you want!

Evidence and experience informs us that there are coaching education modules that are fundamental and form the foundations of great coaching in any sport.

Setanta College has developed a pathway to give you these foundations and then build from there. So join us, and become a Setanta qualified Strength and Conditioning coach.

Setanta College courses are accredited by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland). This accreditation gives students protection via PEL (Protection of Enrolled Learners) should a course cease prematurely.

The courses are aimed at:

  • Novice and experienced Athletics coaches.
  • Parents, Teachers and Players who are motivated to improve their knowledge and apply it safely in an Athletics environment.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and no qualifications are required for undergraduate applicants who are at least 23 years of age.

How the modules work:

  • Each module is 3 months in duration.
  • The modules have on average 2 practical application workshops.

  • The content is delivered in easy to follow videos and tutorials.
  • Assessment is done via short multiple choice questions and two assignments – there is no exam.
  • Lecturers and Student services officers available to help you.
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