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Trinity Appoints New Deputy Head of Sport

Published: 31st May 2016

Trinity Sport are pleased to announce Matthew Dossett as the new Deputy Head of Sport and Recreation at Trinity College Dublin. Matthew commenced the role in March and has already made a significant impact. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enhance the Trinity Sport strategic mission, ‘Raising Our Game’.

Matthew is a Sports Science graduate of the University of Sunderland and later obtained an MSc in Sports Management from Northumbria University, Newcastle. He has worked in various roles, most recently as Sports Development Manager at the Institute of Sport at the University of Sunderland where he oversaw the implementation of a full student and community sports participation, competition and performance pathway. 

He was one of four senior managers to develop and build a new £12m sports facility for the university in 2009, which later hosted BBC and international netball events, and was also the official London 2012 pre-Olympic training camp venue for Team Grenada. 

Matthew has competed regionally and nationally in dry slope and alpine ski racing for 15 years and is a qualified grade 3 snowsport instructor. Having served as the Snowsports President and later the club captain, he was successfully elected as the Sports and Recreation Executive Officer for the Student’s Union. 

With a keen interest in sport, media and business, some highlights from Matthew’s time at the University of Sunderland included founding one of Europe’s largest city-focused sports journalism and media platforms ‘SportsByte’, a combined student-city franchise sports academy and performance programme ‘Team Sunderland’, and finally gaining funding from Sport England in 2014 to create a new £255,000 sports project focused on participation and student engagement. 

Commenting on his appointment Matthew said: “It is an absolute privilege to join an institution with such a rich and important history, both academically and from a sporting point of view. Sport and physical activity are recognised here for their impact across the college community, along with the contribution they make to enabling and supporting gifted young students as they embark on their chosen fields of study and careers. 

“We have a highly motivated team with superb skills and I am very much looking forward to ‘raising our game’ and driving Trinity Sport forward into the future.”