Using the training modules he developed and evolved whilst at the IRFU, Dr Hennessy founded Setanta College in 2006. These modules were then accredited to Certificate and Degree level for part-time blended learning via QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland), which is an internationally recognised accrediting body.
Performance Science and Strength and Conditioning is becoming globally recognised as a professional pathway in the sports and general wellness industries. Our programmes cover a broad range of topics from functional screening, resistance training and fundamental movement through to nutrition, coaching skill and sport technology.
The programmes, both full time and part time (online) are designed to cover the latest academic thinking and research but with a focus on practical application. The modules are updated every two years.
As well as providing online programmes Setanta College partners with universities both in Ireland and internationally to provide full time academic programmes.
We also work with academic institutions and technology companies around the world conducting research and validating and testing the latest technology.
The Fire Services in Ireland have sponsored a masters student to understand how S & C principles can apply to their industry and in addition are collaborating on a research and screening project with a view to developing a national wellness programme. This and other new developments will create a much broader marketplace within which our students and graduates can contribute and gain employment.
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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.
Setanta College offers a degree programme and both minor and special purpose qualifications that are validated and awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).