• Applications open for Griffith College Course

    Griffith College is now accepting applications for the Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport) that has been designed especially for elite athletes http://bit.ly/1XM0A2s

    On the inaugural course last year our members Stephen Rice, Sean Heaney and Patrick Cregg were joined by jockeys, rugby players and World Champion boxer Michael Conlan.

    Ollie Cahill, PFA Ireland Player Executive, said "This course is the perfect opportunity to bridge a gap in your education or to get you back in the study/classroom environment and will open up doors to other courses and qualifications. 

    "The feedback from our members who took part last year was positive and it comes highly recommended.  We would encourage all of our members to prepare themselves for life outside of football and this course is one of a number of ways in which they can do that.  There's no downside to educating yourself and it's never too late to start."

    Boxer Michael Conlan also commented, “I had a great experience in Griffith College. The content was really beneficial and the lecturers were top quality. Overall it has given me a real interest in learning again, something that was not a priority in my boxing career before now."

    This year's programme starts in mid-October 2016 and runs until February 2017. There will be a total of eight (8) days face to face contact with approximately two (2) days every 4-6 weeks on Griffith College’s Dublin campus. The days are not yet fixed; the schedule will be taylored to fit with the participants needs as much as possible so the days won't be confirmed until early September, the days will be set according to the preferences of the individuals who have signed up at that point.

    If a participant misses a day of classroom contact, there is a contingency plan in place to catch up one to one and there is a blended (online) learning component to the programme to support the participants. 

    For more information on the course contact Ollie at the PFA Ireland office but applications have to go directly through the college.

    Applications should be submitted via Griffith College no later than 9 September 2016 and can be done online. But in order to have an input on the scheduling of days, applications would need to be submitted by the end of August 2016.

     To apply: 

    - Apply online at griffith.ie

    - Applicants will need to upload a copy of their photo ID. 

    Once completed the college will be in touch and take you through the rest of the process.