Sports and Recreation Course


QQI Level 5 Sports Course for L.I.F.E. 2023/2024

North Wall CDP is the provider of the L.I.F.E. – the Learning In a Football Environment Course (QQI Level 5 Sports, Recreation & Exercise).

Our focus is to engage young learners in the NEIC and progress them to their chosen pathway, be it further education or employment. Our new 44-week course starts in September 2023. It is almost full but we are still recruiting for the last few places.

The course is enhanced by digital tools, including a VEO camera, Match analysis software and GPS analytical equipment. We are working in collaboration with Bohemian Football Club (who provide course uniforms, guest speakers and club visit opportunities) and the National College of Ireland (who provide classroom facilities). Participants will also obtain Lifeguarding, First Aid and FAI qualifications. They will gain relevant expertise and top class work experience in a variety of fields, inside the Sports, Football and  Gym/Fitness industry.

Overall, this is a course that provides both a QQI Level 5 Major award which provides you with CAO points (Total Possible CAO Points: 390) and important life and job skills. For more information contact:  John Behan on 085-144 2557 or Craig Caffrey 085-256 5597.  

You can also register through this link:

On 9th January this year, North Wall CDP rolled out its new 44-week Sports, Recreational and Exercise course.  Since then, it has gone from strength to strength. Learners take part in daily football practice, gym training and themed classwork. This is an accredited, industry entry level QQI Level 5 course and is enhanced by the addition of RLSS Lifeguard and First Aid qualifications.  Learners participate in multi-sport workshops and activity trips and have guest speakers. Those who meet the eligibility criteria get a training and meal allowance.

Training session on L.I.F.E. course
Sports skills in the classroom
L.I.F.E. participants playing football
Daily practice on the football pitch


This course is funded by CDETB under the Local Training Initiative (LTI) programme.  Funding from REACH fund ensures that technology and digital analytical equipment are available to the learners, for example, GPS trackers and VEO camera.  North Wall CDP have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bohemian’s F.C. which adds a further professional and development element. 

Our new Sports course has been renamed L.I.F.E. (Learning in a Football Environment).  This year the course is located in National College of Ireland (NCI) and being delivered from there also.  Learners recently joined with other college students to celebrate ‘Fresher’s Week’. It was a great experience and helped break down stereotypes on all sides.

L.I.F.E. class at National College of Ireland
Freshers week for the L.I.F.E. participants 


The course has been designed and delivered by our Local Training Initiative (LTI) Coordinator, John Behan, and Assistant Coordinator Craig Caffrey.  Here's a poster outlining their course content.  Well done to everyone involved!

Poster for 2023 L.I.F.E. course
What North Wall CDP's L.I.F.E course offers



Learners on our L.I.F.E course on the astro pitch at DCC, Sheriff St.


In June 2019, we launched our first a year-long Sports and Recreation course for young adults.  This course was a great success and finished in July. Our training team at North Wall CDP, began a new course in September 2020.

Testimonials from the class of 2023



What is it?

This is a 44-week Sports & Recreation course with eight training modules and daily gym and football sessions.

Who is it for?

Young adults aged between 18 – 35 with an interest in Sports, Football, Gym and who want the routine of getting up and working every day.  You must be currently receiving a social welfare payment.

What can I get from the course?

Our course will prepare you to move into full time employment in the Sport & Leisure industry, Third level education and even setting up your own business through our QQI Sport & Recreation modules, Lifeguard and First Aid qualificationsWhat’s a typical day?

Registration, Gym class, QQI learning and Football.

What else can you expect?

Our course plays regular football matches against students on similar courses, local businesses and colleges. We also go on regular adventure outings such as kayaking, cliff jumping, cave walks, rock climbing.

What payment will I get for this course?

You will get a training allowance.

How to apply?

To apply or get more information contact:

John Behan  mobile 085-144 2557