Our world-class sporting facilities, An Dánlann, have helped inspire many world-class performances over the years.
The Institute has a very busy sports programme run throughout the academic year in association with Student Sport Ireland, the GAA and the FAI. Badminton and Rugby, through the assistance of Student Sport Ireland, are developing in the Institute.
The sports programme at LYIT is run by the Sports Officer who manages the competitive fixtures and teams. The Sports Officer is happy to assist students with the required information on how to get involved in competitive sports at LYIT.
Some of our recent sporting successes include:
Gaelic Football (Men)
In football the men’s GAA team continues to progress. Michael Murphy, Donegal Captain, is the GAA coach at LYIT. The Men’s Gaelic Football team compete in the Trench Cup and GAA has a great reputation at LYIT.
The team has been playing in Division 1 of the Colleges and Universities Football League for many years. Last year the team finished joint top of the table and were runners-up in the CUFL League Final. The soccer team also reached the finals in the UMBRO Cup which is the premier challenge cup competition for third level institutes in Ireland. With a complement of Intermediate and League of Ireland players on the panel, the quest for new talent does not stop. To our existing training programme, we have introduced fitness testing for the benefit of our playing panel.
The ladies Soccer team in LYIT this year were winners in both the league and cup competitions this year winning the Division 1 Colleges league title, defeating the Garda college in the final. The team were also the winners of the O ’Regan Plate competition and have players on the panel that have international honours at U17 level. In addition to a very successful year the ladies team were awarded the team of the year at the annual Student Achievement Awards in LYIT in April. The award for ‘Special Recognition in Sport’ also went the soccer team captain, Amy Boyd.
Gaelic Football (Ladies)
LYIT are recent winners of the Donaghy Cup (2016), and since then the panel has been strengthened with the inclusion of inter county players from many counties. Some of the players on the panel have also been awarded Sports Scholarships at the Institute in recognition of their effort.
The sport has re-emerged in recent years at LYIT. The past years have brought some success to LYIT in Hurling with a victory in the Corn MacDiarmada competition in 2015/16.Training and selection of players continues with the assistance of the Sports Scholarship programme as a reward for dedication in the club.
The Badminton Club in LYIT has both a competitive and a leisure side. The competitive team compete in the Student Sport Ireland intervarsity competition along with regional competitors which include Ulster University. The recreational Badminton Club enjoys the impressive surroundings and facilities of An Dánlann, the Sports Centre at LYIT. The Badminton Club meet and play regular badminton games throughout the year.
The arrival of two American Victory Scholars’ to LYIT in September 2016 proved to be the starting point to a year which will be remembered for quite a while in Basketball in LYIT. The Basketball men’s team secured the Division 2 Colleges title, thanks to the US influence, defeating rivals and much fancied Dundalk IT in the finals. The Basketball Ladies also witnessed a revival with the first team competing in the Colleges Basketball programme since 2009. Sports Scholarships were awarded to players from both clubs for their dedication and skills. Both teams also compete in the North West Basketball league in Donegal. The programme continues with much energy and direction offered through the assistance of Basketball Ireland who have appointed a new Development Officer to the Donegal and North West region, who resides at LYIT and works with the Sports Officer. LYIT welcomed four Victory Scholars, from the US, to the campus in 2017/18.
The Institute competes in the national IATBA championships held each year in March. This coming year the programme in LYIT will introduce a coach from a local Boxing Club so that students can avail of proper training facilities and fitness programmes in preparation for the IATBA championships and further honours in boxing.