Luke Jennings – BBs (Hons) in Sport with Business
Name: Luke Jennings
School: Ballinrobe Community School
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to choose your course
My name is Luke Jennings. I’m 18 years old and I am from a town called Ballinrobe in County Mayo. Sport is a major part of my life and I choose to do Sports with Business as it looked like a very interesting and hands course that I would enjoy and also had the aspect of business which would give me a background in business as well as sport and broaden my qualifications.
Why did you choose ATU Sligo?
I was deciding between either ATU Sligo or Limerick IT. I ended up picking Sligo as I liked the sound of the course better and it faired out better in my pros and cons list as it was closer to home if I had to travel down for training and had more options for accommodation and had a better GAA background.
What advice would you give someone thinking about choosing ATU Sligo?
I would advise people to go look at the campus and the town. Sligo is a really friendly, inviting place and the town has just about everything you need and the accommodation isn’t a rob. The campus is just as good as anything you would find in other third level institutions and universities across Ireland. You also get to know your classmates and lecturers more. There is a very diverse group of people and clubs in Sligo and is very easy to find someone with similar interests as yourself.
What specifically about your course do you particularly enjoy?
I loved the practical stuff, when we got to go out and do the activities, we were researching it made them a lot easier to write about when we got a taste for them. I also liked how a lot of the course is group work.
What would you say to a student thinking about studying your course?
I would say that if you enjoy sports, going to the gym and hands-on learning then you would enjoy this course. There are also a lot of project-based assessments if you are the kind of person who enjoys that over exams.
Tell us about your sporting career/success so far?
I have played sport at a high level most of my life and played most sports there is. I was on the mayo team in soccer in under 14s till I got injured I also played rugby and was on the regional development squad for Connacht until I decided to focus mainly on Gaelic in u16s. I still play some soccer in the offseason of Gaelic too but have stopped the rugby as I don’t want to risk injury for Gaelic as I feel I have a future in Gaelic.
I have been on every Mayo Gaa Team from u14 to u20
Won a Connacht Minor Title for Mayo in 2019 and got to the All-Ireland Semi-Final
Won Electric Ireland player of the week in the quarter-final against Dublin
Got on Western Newspaper Intermediate Team of the year in 2020
Won numerous Championships with Club
Vice-captain of my school team who got to the Connacht A Semifinal
Won Player of the year three times for soccer club
How has the sports scholarship benefited you? What are the advantages of it?
It has helped me buy a car to commute up to Sligo. I also think the option of the free gym helps me a lot with the s&c programmes I have for doing if I was up in Sligo.
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