The Sport Ireland Campus is providing state-of-the-art sports facilities to elite athletes in Ireland while offering valuable amenities and sport programmes to all of the community.
The campus boasts an impressive array of world class facilities including the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre, the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, the Sport Ireland National Modern Pentathlon Centre, the Sport Ireland National Horse Sports Arena, the Sport Ireland National Dry Land Diving centre and the Sport Ireland Multi Sport Synthetic pitches, Turf Pitches, Campus Conference centre and the Sport Ireland National Cross Country Track. The campus is also home to the top family attraction; Aquazone water park, and the market leading Tonezone gym. Planning permission has been received for the National Velodrome and Badminton Centre.
The campus is also home to Sport Ireland Institute of Sport, FAI Headquarters, GAA Development Centre, and Irish Sports HQ, the home of 23 sport NGBs.
We place an emphasis on providing services for the whole family and for all ages and abilities, with programmes and classes provided for toddlers right up to over 55s. We’re proud to deliver leading Academies for Swimming, Gymnastics, Athletics, Diving and Multi Sport throughout the year, for both kids and adults.
Sport Ireland Campus – The Story So Far
2003 – The National Aquatic Centre was officially opened on the 10th March. It hosted the swimming events from the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the first time this event was held outside the USA.
2007 – In December the National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) announced the opening of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) HQ at the National Sports Campus.
2009 - In November both the NSCDA and the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) moved into refurbished offices on the Campus. The Authority and the Institute are now fully based “on site”.
2010 – May, Morton Stadium, Santry came under the remit of the NSCDA.
2011 – All-Ireland Schools & Universities Cross County Championships, took place in March with over 800 athletes from all over Ireland participating.
2012 – In March, four major sporting bodies sign up to the new National Sports Campus strategy including the FAI, GAA, IHA & IRFU. They signed up to accept & develop their own facilities on-site.
2013 – February, construction of internal access roadway and common infrastructure gets underway.
May 29th, Irish Sports HQ opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D.
October, The National Horse Sport Arena was officially opened, along with the National Diving Training Centre and the National Pentathlon Centre. The Government also announced the decision to proceed with the development of the National Indoor Arena.
2014 – The National Sports Campus announce the successful renovation of one of the campus dwellings as Athletes Accommodation for Swim Ireland.
January 27th, Multi-Sports Pitches Grand Opening.
February 28th, GAA National Centre of Excellence sod-turning.
March 3rd, FAI National Training Centre sod-turning.
May, Minister Howlin T.D. announces funding of 5m to allow Special Olympics Ireland to consolidate their Dublin, Leinster, and Eastern Region offices into a single new HQ office in the National Sports Campus.
July, Decision to commence work on the IIS high Performance Centre and a Campus Pavilion Building.
2015 – The National Sports Campus signs the contract for the National Indoor Arena. While Minister Donohoe turns the sod on the National Indoor Arena
August, NSCDA Chairman, Sean Benton, signs contract for the National Cross Country Track at the National Sports Campus.
October, Establishment of a new statutory sports body, Sport Ireland,which merges the two existing sports bodies - the Irish Sports Council and the National Sports Campus Development Authority.
November 9th, The National Sports Campus wins ‘Best Sports Facility’ category at the inaugural Irish Sports Industry Awards.
2016 – The GAA’s National Games Development Centre was officially opened at the National Sports Campus.
2017 – January 25th, the official opening of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena.