Mardyke Arena UCC Invests ?30,000 in Local Athletes

Mardyke Arena UCC Invests ?30,000 in Local Athletes

  • Aug 26,2016
The Mardyke Arena UCC have launched a new programme to help aid emerging athletes across all sports codes from 15 – 18 Years Old to reach their full potential. 

The Emerging Talent Programme (ETP) will give athletes the structured supports to maximise their physical performance to compete at the highest level and to achieve their goals. 

The Mardyke Arena UCC will invest €30,000 across 12 emerging athletes per annum with the selected athletes required to pay only €800 towards the cost of services.
The Mardyke Arena UCC have been no strangers in nurturing talent over recent years with Rachel Vanderwal - GB Olympic Basketballer, John Ryan - Munster Rugby, Jean O’Driscoll – International Underage Golfer, Ally Cunningham – Junior European Championship Swimmer, Sam Healy – Irish Record Holder of the Junior Men’s 60m Hurdles and Louise Shanahan - 800m Youth Olympic Champion, are some of the names that have come through their ranks.
The programme will be headed up by Jeff Gomez, Sport and Athlete Performance Manager at the Mardyke Arena UCC. Jeff Gomez has been involved in athletic development with various sporting disciplines and worked with athletes competing at Olympic, international and national level. 

His involvement with those athletes allowed him to develop his own physical athletic development philosophy with a focus on working towards an optimum quality of movement.
“We have developed the Emerging Talent Programme to help assist emerging athletes in reaching their full potential” said Wayne Falvey, Marketing Manager at the Mardyke Arena. 

“The ETP offers those eligible for the programme a specialised vehicle to fulfil their sporting potential through access to sports science, strength and conditioning, performance psychology, clinic services, performance analysis, nutrition & lifestyle support. We act as a support function to the coach, athlete and parent.”
Closing date for applications is Monday 29th August with the first intake of emerging athletes commencing the programme on Monday 5th September. 

For further information on the programme and to apply visit or contact Nora Aherne, High Performance Manager, on 021 490 47 62 or
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