12th May 2021
The Gaelic Players Association announce new 3-year scholarship agreement with Letterkenny Institute of Technology
The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) have announced details of a new scholarship agreement that will benefit inter-county players over the next 3-years. This is another in a series of announcements cementing the GPA’s commitment to support players’ development off the pitch and again shows LYIT’s desire to be a development partner with its students.
Starting with the 2021/2022 academic year 4 players will be able to avail of the scholarships annually for any full time or part time Masters Degree courses within the LYIT/MSc Sports Performance Practice. 50% of the course cost will be covered by LYIT with the remaining 50% covered by the GPA.
These scholarships will be awarded on merit based using a set of criteria agreed by the GPA and LYIT. The desired outcome is that the scholarships will be awarded to two male and two female applicants.
As part of the agreement the GPA will assist in the promotion of LYIT and the full suite of programmes on offer to its members.
Speaking to mark the announcement, GPA Head of Operations and Finance Ciarán Barr said; “Without the support of educational institutions all across Ireland, we would not be a in a position to develop and strengthen our scholarship programme. We are delighted to have come to this agreement with Letterkenny Institute of Technology and thank them for their work to make this come to fruition. We look forward to working with them to the benefit of our members who I am sure will have a very positive impact on the LYIT environment.”
While, LYIT Student Services Manager, Rory McMorrow commented; “This agreement demonstrates a commitment by LYIT and the GPA to support students and GPA members in achieving their educational and sporting goals. The agreement strengthens the relationship between LYIT and Gaelic Games and we look forward to welcoming GPA members on to our programmes and engaging with the GPA on this and future initiatives to support its members.”