The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) recently announced 25 sports scholarships which will see students with sporting potential and ability assisted in their studies and athletic endeavours.
The announcement of the scholarships came as local politician and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar opened ITB’s sports facility, which is in addition to the significant developments made on the campus in Dublin 15 since its establishment in 1999.
The latest additions mean that the college can now boast a significant milestone, with the completion of top quality all-weather and grass pitches and a modern sports facility which includes a fully-equipped gym as well as indoor and outdoor changing facilities.
Sports and fitness have been priorities at ITB since the institute was opened, and the potential for development of sports facilities was a key factor in the selection of the 56-acre site on Blanchardstown Road North. ITB has made a point of sharing all of its sporting resources with the local community for rental or free-of-charge where appropriate.
“These new developments, together with the existing sports hall and activities room mean that students and staff, whatever their level of fitness, have access to top-notch resources on campus,” said a spokesperson for ITB recently.
The new building extends to 578 sq m over two floors, with additional plans in place which will see this building further extended to approximately 1,500 sq m in the future.
Speaking at the opening of the facility, Minister Varadkar said: “This is a really impressive sports facility and I’m delighted to be asked to the formal opening. ITB has taken a pioneering record on the health and fitness of its students, and I congratulate everyone involved in this project. I also commend the institute for making these facilities available to the local community. It’s going to be great to see them being used so widely, especially by the 25 students receiving sports scholarships.”
Minister Varadkar also presented the students with their scholarships at the ceremony held on campus recently. The ITB Sports Scholarships were established in 2006-07 to assist students with outstanding sports potential and ability who compete at national and international level in a variety of disciplines.
The recipients also receive academic mentoring, free athletic therapy support and high performance personal training support. The scholarships are available to all full time ITB students.
ITB is currently planning to add floodlighting to its GAA pitch, thanks to the 2014 Sports Capital Programme administered by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, in order to further enhance the facilities on campus.