“In October 2014 I started the first year of the degree programme, “Sports Science with Physical Education” which I found very interesting and beneficial.  The notes for the course were always online and up to date for every lecture, they were very easy to follow making studying easier. All the topics covered over the year were applicable to the industry and could be used outside the college at home. I found that the first year of the degree programme has widened my knowledge in the sports field and prepared me for second year. I’m looking forward to going into second year and learning and broadening my information even more.”

Inter County GAA Wexford Star Mick O'Toole
BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Physical Education

“In 2014 I did the ITEC Diploma in personal training and gym instructor, I found it to be a very interesting and beneficial course. The course notes were easy to follow and were applicable to all sections of the industry. In this day and age where people are more aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and it is crucial as a health and fitness professional that you can give accurate and helpful advice. I found that this course has allowed me to give my clients the best advice and training to allow them to achieve their goals. My knowledge and client care have vastly improved as a result of the course and the great lecturers who are very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in personal training."

Harry Keeley
Itec Diploma & Gym Instructor Full Time 

I completed the Anatomy, Physiology and Massage and the Sports Massage course in 2005. I found the courses to be brilliant, very challenging but very rewarding and worthwhile. The courses complimented each other very well and though I found it tough studying both together the outcome was well worth it since I gained so much information and knowledge as well and qualifying both as a holistic massage and sports massage therapist. Currently, I work as sports therapist in a sports rehab clinic which is attached to a leisure facility, treating clients for a variety of sports injuries as well as providing holistic massage treatments. I also work with a rugby club undertaking strapping and taping techniques and a variety of physio duties. The Tutors at Portobello were very good, helpful and interactive and assisted in providing some opportunities to work outside the college so as to be able to apply the skills learned. These qualifications have provided me with the skills I need to work actively and professionally in the fields of sports rehab and holistic massage and I find the work to be very rewarding and satisfying.

Caroline McHugh
Sports Massage Diploma (ITEC)

I always had an interest in Sports but the longer I had been working in Finance the more settled I became. It would be a huge gamble to leave a secure job role and monthly salary to take up studies in a new area. When I was offered redundancy I immediately thought about returning to education and Sports was my first choice. I took the 2 part time courses at Portobello Institute - Diploma in Sports Injury and Sports Massage, to see if I liked the area of Sports and to get a feel of different opportunities. These two courses provided me with the ideal stepping stone into Sports and I am now studying for a degree at Carlow IT. I probably would never have returned to education but being made redundant changed my outlook and I decided to go for it and make a career change.

Tara de Courcey
Sports Massage Diploma (ITEC)

I am qualified through ILAM, ITEC, ACE, NCEF, Reebok, Johnny G Spinning and have a HND in Leisure Management. In 2006 I did the ITEC Diploma in Diet and Nutritional studies and found it to be a very interesting and beneficial course. The course notes were easy to follow and were applicable to all sections of the industry and covered illness and allergies. In this day and age where people are more aware of the benefits of eating a healthy and balance diet it is crucial as a health and fitness professional that you can give accurate and helpful advice. I found that this course broadened my knowledge and enabled me to be more confident in the information I give my clients. Diet plays a key role in all aspects of health and fitness so no matter whether you are a massage therapist, beauty therapist, gym instructor or personal trainer, a better knowledge of diet and nutrition will enhance your existing talents. Diet is only one piece of the health and fitness puzzle but it is one of the largest.