Kildare student wins DCU Sports Scholarship for sporting excellence

Recognised for contribution to soccer

KildareNow reporter


KildareNow reporter


Kildare student wins DCU Sports Scholarship for sporting excellence

Kildare student Rory Feely is awarded his DCU scholarship by Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU

A student from Co Kildare has been awarded a scholarship by DCU recognising his sporting excellence.

Rory Feely is a former pupil of Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy, Kildare and final year student in Physical Education & Maths at DCU.

Rory was presented with the DCU Sports Scholarship in recognition of his contribution to soccer at the University by the President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith.

Speaking at this year’s Sports Scholarships, the President of DCU Professor Brian MacCraith addressed the attendees:

“The awarding of these scholarships is a recognition that DCU’s high-performance athletes need support in order to successfully balance the demands of their sporting and academic commitments. The award takes into account not just their individual sporting achievements. It also recognises the valuable contribution they make to the DCU community through their activities with our sports clubs, such as coaching and mentoring fellow students.”

Sport Scholarships were introduced in DCU in 1996 in the form of GAA sport scholarships. In recent years, the programme has expanded greatly and students have been awarded scholarships across a range of sports, including Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Camogie, Canoe, Gaelic Football, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Rugby, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer and Tennis. DCU is also committed to the development of sporting excellence amongst students with a disability.

The programme in DCU offers a wide range of support services for talented athletes as part of a balanced approach to training, performance and academic excellence.

The programme is athlete led and grades support depending on the athlete's achievement, potential and need, with the objective of remaining flexible to support the diverse needs of athletes.

Sport Scholarships are offered to eligible students that have met the DCU admission requirements through the CAO system and are enrolled on a programme of academic study at DCU. The offer of a Sport Scholarship award does not include any special reductions in entry criteria or the offer of an academic place at DCU.