Railway Union Sports Club


Railway Union Sports Club has announced the establishment of a community scholarship programme.

“The overall goal of the programme,” said Railway Chairperson John Cronin, “is to recognise, encourage and support the development of our talented young sportsmen and women to help them achieve their sporting potential. Relevance in our community, the pursuit of sporting excellence and the development of representative players, including Internationals and Olympians, is all part of the vision of Railway Union Sports Club.”

The Railway Scholarship Programme is open to those who wish to compete and succeed at the highest sporting levels, while simultaneously attaining a third-level education.
Eight annual scholarships are available for one male and one female athlete across the sports of Cricket, Hockey, Rugby and Tennis.

The aim of the Railway Scholarship programme is to give talented young people the opportunity of developing their sporting career by offering the highest standards in coaching, training, nutrition, and strength and conditioning advice, while supporting the completion of their chosen course of study.

The benefits of the Railway scholarship programme include:

  • Gym Access at Fitter Faster Stronger (FFS), Railway’s scholarship partners and Ireland’s
    leading sports-specific gym
  • Individual sport-specific and functional physical development plans, which will be developed by and monitored every six weeks by FFS
  • Coaching Support
  • Medical and Physiotherapy support
  • Performance Planning and Mentoring
  • Assistance with summer work placement relevant to your area of study or chosen career
  • Complimentary gear

A bursary of €1,000 to €1,500 per annum to facilitating balancing training and study

“Each scholar will be an ambassador of Railway and their sport,” said Cronin. “As part of their scholarship, they will be expected to ‘give back’ by being a role model in our community and developing the next generation by coaching in our local schools.”
Rory McInerney of FFS said his firm was delighted to support high-level athletes across multiple sports in their community.
“FFS was created with the vision of bringing a high-end athletic training system to members of the public, who wouldn’t typically have access to this type of training environment or the elite standard of coaching that we give at FFS. We are delighted to be working with Railway Union to bring through the next generation of potential Irish Internationals and Olympians across a range of sports.”
“FFS is a training facility that specialises in Strength Training, Metabolic Conditioning and Functional Training. This combination of training is designed to create a natural and agile physique – in essence to make athletes FITTER, FASTER & STRONGER,” concluded McInerney.
To read more about the Railway Scholarship Programme and to apply, please see www.railwayunion.com

By Kirstin Smith