Short Courses at Setanta College

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Turning the theory of sports science into reality. 

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Without doubt, there are a number of cornerstones that we as specialists and professionals within sport, physical fitness, personal training, rehabilitation and physical education rely on to ensure that we are at the top of our ‘game’ so to speak.

The two most impacting cornerstones are that of education and experience in the field or profession. When combining experience and education together we can take confidence that we can become true specialists without parallel.

We’re delighted to provide a series of certificated modules that focus on the most up to date practice, theory and reflection on a number of key exercise related topics. These are listed and described below and we hope that you will join us on our collective continuous education journey.

Dr Liam Hennessy

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Setanta Certificate in Sports Nutrition

This course provides a broad understanding of the key areas of nutrition in exercise and sport. It deals primarily with general principles but draws on examples from various sports to illustrate how the nutritional goals of athletes and players in training and competition can be attained and describe the dietary strategies that can be employed to meet those goals.

Optional practical workshops to be scheduled when campuses reopen.
Course Start: Open start

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Setanta Certificate in Coaching Skills

This course provides the coach with numerous strategies and methods to effectively coach in sport, exercise, rehabilitation and physical education. The coach will learn how different coaching styles are used to coach children, teenagers and adults and participants with disabilities.

Optional practical workshops to be scheduled when campuses reopen.
Course Start: Open start

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Setanta Certificate in Strength and Conditioning for Special Populations

The course will enhance the coach’s understanding of how to facilitate greater involvement in physical activity and sport for special populations including the older participant, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with acute and chronic disease.

Optional practical workshops to be scheduled when campuses reopen.
Course Start: Open start

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Online Learning with Practical Workshops

Here at Setanta College we have developed a unique ‘blended learning’ environment. Interactive lectures are delivered online each week, which you study in your own time, and practical workshops then take place in The SportsLab, Thurles. Here you will learn alongside your fellow classmates and be guided by some of the best S&C tutors and coaches in Ireland.


Introducing The SportsLab

LIT’s Thurles Campus houses the elite, state-of-the-art sports strength and conditioning facility, the ‘SportsLab’. Among the facilities in the 2,000 square metre Lab is a 45m, six-lane sprint track specially designed to improve speed; a Paralympic area; cable machines; a range of sport technology systems, Olympic lifting platforms; functional screening kits; power-racks; free weights and a full range of exercise machines.

The SportsLab is one of the finest facilities in the country and greatly enhances the practical learning skills of our Strength and Conditioning students.


45 x 20 metre strength & conditioning hall.
45 metre long indoor running track
3 number changing facilities
1 enlarged changing room
4 number classrooms
1 enlarged classroom


International Standards Sports Facilities and Expertise:

  • Squad Strength & Conditioning
  • High Spec Speed Technology System
  • Team Fitness Testing
  • GPS Monitoring
  • Technology to analyse running gait
  • Video Analysis