UCD Sport’s  LIFT Ireland Programme for Student Sports Club Members

09 Feb 2021

LIFT’s partnership with UCD Sport will see more than 25 UCD student sports club members trained as LIFT facilitators by the end of February 2021. These facilitators will then go on to deliver the LIFT leadership programme to a further 100 UCD sports club members during the second and third semesters.

LIFT Ireland is an initiative to raise the level of leadership nationwide, working with organisations and individuals in a variety of settings to develop key leadership attributes. Current partners include ESB, Munster Rugby, Bank of Ireland, RSA Insurance, Vodafone, Dublin Airport, and over 100 secondary schools nationwide. 


What is LIFT?

LIFT’s leadership programme is delivered through regular roundtable sessions, hosted by a volunteer facilitator. Each session focuses on one of eight key leadership values, such as honesty, competence, accountability, empathy, respect and positive attitude. The programme supports participants to develop these leadership attributes on an ongoing basis.   

Commenting on the partnership with UCD Sport, Joanne Hession, founder and CEO of LIFT Ireland, said:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with UCD Sport on this pilot project for roll-out in all sports clubs in UCD. We are delighted to be working with UCD’s sports students and staff to build strong leadership characteristics which they can carry through their lives and future careers. We are looking forward to seeing the impact created together. Thanks to UCD Sport for pioneering positive leadership.” Joanne Hession, Founder and CEO of LIFT Ireland.

Also welcoming the partnership, UCD’s Sports Development Manager, Suzanne Bailey said: 

“We are delighted  to be able to offer our student club members the opportunity to be part of the LIFT Ireland Programme. Developing our student club leaders is very important to us as we value the contribution they make to the lives of others on campus and also through their work in the wider community.  The LIFT Ireland programme will enable our student club leaders, current and future, to strengthen their leadership skills both on and off the sporting field”.

How Can I Get involved?

Facilitator Registration

UCD student sports club members can register their interest to be trained as a volunteer facilitator HERE. Closing date for expressions of interest is Monday 15th February.

Please note that facilitators will be required to attend four hours of online training on either February 22nd or 23rd and then host 8 roundtable discussions via zoom on leadership values with 4/5 other sports club members over an 8 week period. 

Participant Registration

Student sports club members can register their interest to become one of the 100 participants in the UCD Sport LIFT programme HERE . Closing date for expresions of interest is Wednesday 17th February.

Please note that if selected the programme will involve participation in 8 roundtable discussions on leadership values with other sports club members over an 8 week period.

Facilitator & Participant Selection

Should the numbers registering their interest as a facilitator or participant exceed the available spaces, UCD Sport will select facilitators and participants on the basis of ensuring representation across the UCD sports clubs.

Programme Format

Due to the current government restrictions it is envisaged that the facilitator training and all roundtable sessions will be conducted via Zoom.

The facilitator and participants assigned to them will agree and day and time for the roundtable discussions.

What is the cost? 

There is no cost to the participants  or facilitators as the UCD Athletic Union Council (governing body for UCD sports clubs) is covering the associated costs.

 Further information on LIFT Ireland can also be found at https://liftireland.ie/