Aoife McColgan

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Sports & Exercise

Lisa Mc Colgan’s love for sport influenced her decision to enrol on the sports programme at ATU Donegal. Aoife began her journey on the 2-year Level 6 Sports Studies programme and then completed the bridging module into year 2 of the Sports & Exercise programme.

“I joined ATU after completing my leaving certificate. I have a keen interest in the sporting industry, and I played GAA at county level for the Donegal Ladies team. I was lucky to be awarded a scholarship which greatly helped me on my journey.”

“The programme offers an education stream or a performance stream. I chose the performance stream because of my love of team sports. This stream pairs research theory with a range of applied performance related areas including strength and conditioning, psychology and nutrition. I have worked alongside my local team implementing what I have learned from the programme which has been a great opportunity to gain valuable experience.”

“My experience of studying at ATU was very positive. I played soccer and gaelic for the college. I enjoyed the social aspect that this afforded me, and it gave me a great transition into college life. I got to play my favourite sports, meet new people, and travel the country.”

“The facilities at ATU were fantastic. I could avail of the gym and extra academic help if I needed it. There was a great support system in place and the lecturers were excellent. I built great connections with the lecturers who would go above and beyond to help in any way. Both the lecturers and team managers supported me to ensure that I balanced study whilst continuing to play county level as well as for the college teams.”

“Studying at ATU Donegal gave me the opportunity to continue my sporting passion and gain an excellent qualification. Once I completed my undergraduate degree, I progressed to the masters in Sports & Exercise at ATU Donegal. I am currently completing a PhD further afield in Sports Performance Analysis.”

“My future goal is to continue to work with teams on performance and analysis and to return to the classroom as a lecturer one day. I am delighted to be working in an industry that I love, and I am excited to see what the future holds for my career.”