As part of the full boarding experience, we expect all pupils to take part in a structured programme of regular sporting activities and exercise. While the demands on boys and girls approaching their Leaving Certificate may mean that their commitment to sport gradually diminishes, all pupils in the school can benefit from the wide range of team and individual sports. We are particularly strong in our conviction that children, and the school community at large, gain in many ways from taking part in team activities.
We are lucky to have ample space on our 140-acre campus for sports, and some of the best facilities of any school in Ireland. A superbly equipped Sports Centre opened in 1998, by the entrance drive. The large main hall is used for a variety of activities, including basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor football and hockey, and winter cricket nets. Downstairs there is an aerobics room and changing rooms, and upstairs a fully-equipped fitness room. Elsewhere on the grounds are two astroturf hockey pitches (one floodlit), spacious rugby and cricket pitches, five outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, fine cross-country mountain runs, and the College’s own highly-regarded golf course.
All sports are run by senior members of the teaching staff, assisted by other teachers and also a range of professional coaches drawn from Dublin’s considerable sporting resources. Most sports are represented by College teams in Leinster provincial competitions, the main focus being on hockey, rugby and cross-country in the winter, and cricket and athletics in the summer.