Cian Whooley from Blackrock, who was awarded a scholarship for his talent in rugby, and President of UCC John O’Halloran.Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

UCC awards 82 sports scholarships

UCC this week announced that it has awarded 82 students a sports scholarship for the 2022/23 academic year.

With 17 sports being recognised from 12 different counties, the UCC Sport Scholarship programme aims to support athletes achieve their full potential and is divided into two main strands UCC Team Sport Scholarships and UCC Individual Sport Scholarship.

Through the scholarship programme UCC students, including 16 1st year recipients, will be supported to develop and progress in their journey as talented athletes and meeting their academic goals through the UCC Sport Performance Programme. The purpose of UCC Sport’s performance programme is to support UCC teams and athletes perform to their full potential.

Speaking at the announcement, UCC President John O’Halloran said: “UCC values and recognises our outstanding student athletes and the major contribution they make to themselves, sports, their communities, families and schools. We thank our extraordinary coaches, volunteers, clubs executive and staff who are supporting them. We also would like to express our sincere gratitude to our sponsors who support our scholarship programme – Bank of Ireland, Gym+Coffee; MJ Dowling; Moss Keane family, Jason Foley family and the UCC GAA alumni.”

The programme is tailored for UCC’s sports scholarship students and the university’s elite teams and athletes performing at top level sport in 3rd level sport, Cork, Munster, Ireland and internationally.

Morgan Buckley, Head of UCC Sport said: “Congratulations to all our teams, and athletes. We are incredibly proud of their achievements and their coaches, volunteers and clubs who support them with our great staff and services in UCC. The services we can provide to our performance teams and athletes are greatly enhanced by the UCC Sport scholarship programme. Our priority is to ensure they can balance their studies and sport.”

The university works with its clubs, coaches and specialist staff in the areas of sports science, conditioning, nutrition, sports medicine, sports physiology and sports analysis. UCC also works in partnership with national governing bodies, provincial sports organisations, and with Sport Ireland in the delivery of their high-performance strategy.

Kellie Ann Mahon, UCC Club’s Executive President, said: “The value and support to our students makes UCC a great place to study and excel in sport. We have fantastic levels of participation in sport in and we are very proud of them all.”