Skip to main content

SETU offer the largest Indoor and outdoor sporting infrastructure across all universities on the island of Ireland, totaling 200,000 square metres of sporting space across the Carlow and Waterford campuses.

SETU Arena - West Campus, Waterford 

The SETU Arena is the largest sports, conference, and events centre in the South East of Ireland. This multipurpose facility caters for a wide range of activities, such as recreational gym users, high-performance sports athletes, multipurpose sports, camps, entertainment events, and conferences. The facilities are state-of-the-art, and the service is truly exceptional. Through the promotion of SETU tournaments, camps, workshops, and conferences, our mission is to create a brand name that is synonymous with innovative ideas that promote a multitude of sports and sports-related activities. The SETU Arena facilities include: 

  • 6 sand-based grass pitches (GAA grass pitches and 3 full-sized grass soccer pitches)  
  • Floodlit training areas for warm-ups and running-based drills.  
  • Floodlit all-weather area (3G surface), which consists of a full-sized GAA pitch and 2 soccer pitches.
  • 2000 sq m sports hall. The hall has 3 courts and can cater for: basketball (2 full-size courts and 2 half-courts for training), badminton, indoor soccer, futsal, volleyball, archery badminton, and table tennis.  
  • The SETU Arena boasts a high-end commercial gym. With over 2,000 members, our top-class gym includes over 100 pieces of cardio and resistance equipment. 
  • High-performance gym 
  • Video analysis room 
  • FHITT Zone
  • 3 fitness studios for over 50 different instructor-led exercise classes per week
  • 3 lecture rooms
  • Team and official changing rooms
  • 6 breakout rooms for meetings and conferences
  • Restaurant and café facilities 

SETU Barrow Centre -Kilkenny Road Campus, Carlow 

The University has made significant investment in the construction of cutting-edge sports facilities, which has seen SETU establish itself as a centre of sporting excellence within the South East. The fitness, strength and conditioning, and sports facilities located here are second to none, and they provide the ideal training ground for elite athletes, college teams, and recreational users. Students are welcome to book an activity of their choice. The Barrow Centre's indoor facilities include: 

  • Multi-purpose sports hall 
  • Café facilities 
  • Health & fitness suite, with sauna and steam rooms
  • High-performance strength and conditioning gym
  • Exercise studio
  • Activity rooms 
  • Spinning room
  • Rehabilitation therapy clinic 
  • Sports science laboratories
  • Sports performance lab
  • Outdoor sports facilities
  • Sand-based floodlit Gaelic Football and Rugby pitches with viewing stands.
  • Floodlit 4G soccer pitch
  • 5 and 7 a side all weather astro turf pitches 
  • 150m tartan running track 

South Sports Campus, Kilkenny Road, Carlow 

The University has invested in a €15 million, 31-acre South Sports Campus. This world-class outdoor training facility includes:

  • 6 full-size LED floodlit playing pitches
  • 1.6km looped walking trail
  • 400m athletics track
  • Pavilion building, including changing rooms, offices, and meeting rooms.

External Partners

SETU is also fortunate to have negotiated partnership agreements with external facilities that are not available on campus. These off-campus partnerships include local facilities such as: 

  • Swimming pools
  • Tennis Courts 
  • Squash Courts 
  • Rugby Clubs
  • Golf Clubs 
  • Athletic Clubs 
  • Rowing Clubs 
  • Regional Sports Centres 
  • Karting Club
  • Stables
  • Surfing