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GTI-GUFC Elite Football Professional Development


Galway Technical Institute – Galway United FC – Elite Football Professional Development

This dual career programme is a unique opportunity for high level players to experience full-time coaching, training & education. Coaching and Training is provided by professional coaches at Galway United. The programme is aimed at players with a proven track record at an advanced level of the game. It enables students to develop and perfect their soccer performance skills whilst also gaining a full QQI qualification in Sport, Recreation and Exercise at level 5, the successful completion of which allows for progression to Universities & TU’s. A substantial element of this course is the provision of additional coaching hours in a high performance environment. FAI coaching qualifications are included in this award. This is a full-time course with coaching delivered by UEFA qualified coaches.


Entry Requirements:

  • Interview
  • Football Skills Assessment
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Football CV
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent

Course Content:

  • Soccer Coaching 5N4887
  • Sport & Recreation 5N2667
  • Exercise & Fitness 5N2668
  • Sports Injury Prevention 5N5665
  • Soccer 4N3206
  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology 5N4648
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Nutrition 5N2006
  • Communications 5N0690

Coaching Expertise:

Galway United will provide professional coaching in a high performance environment

Progression in Soccer:

  • Opportunity to play at the highest level of soccer in Ireland
  • Participation in National Colleges League
  • Opportunity to progress to a career in professional football


  • Student services Fee: €175
  • QQI Certification Fee €50
  • Total: €225
  • Students may qualify for SUSI grants


Sport, Recreation & Exercise QQI 5M5146

Additional Certification:

  • FAI D Licence
  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym-Based Exercise
  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training Gym-Based Exercise

Additional Certification may incur additional fees. Check with Course Teacher for further information.


Students may apply for the opportunity to participate in a fully funded work placement abroad

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This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May

Adult Education:

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.