Sports facilities include a Sports Hall, Gymnasium, state of the art fitness suite, a full size Gaelic Football pitch, a regulation Football pitch and a smaller junior Gaelic Football pitch, two synthetic pitches, the larger of which is flood lit, six Tennis Courts, two outdoor Basketball Courts, two outdoor Netball Courts, a polymeric running track, Long Jump pit and general games area. The school also makes use of the local Leisure Centres for Swimming and the local parks for Orienteering.
Participation in a wide variety of sporting activities is central to life at Rathmore Grammar School. Students are taught a range of physical skills as well as communication, teamwork, time management, organisation, leadership and resilience. They are taught that frequent physical activity isn’t just good for their bodies; it’s good for their minds too. The Physical Education Department strongly believes that sport has many physical, psychological and social benefits for children. They believe that sport goes beyond learning new physical skills. Sport helps children develop better ways to cope with the highs and lows of life. It also gives children the opportunity to make new friends and build better friendships. It can give children a sense of belonging.
All students in Year 8 –12 take part in Physical Education classes as part of their statutory curriculum and there is also the opportunity to take part in enrichment PE in Sixth Form. There are opportunities for the students to take part in extracurricular sporting activities. The activities on offer include Cross-country, Basketball (Boys & Girls), Netball, Gaelic Football
(Boys & Girls), Football (Boys & Girls), Hurling and Camogie. Pupils also have the opportunity to represent the school in Swimming, Athletics and Waterpolo.
The benefits and experiences gained by students through their involvement in sport is invaluable and creates many memories. The school also offers GCSE and A Level Physical Education. There are currently two classes at GCSE, AS and A2 level. The Physical Education and Games staff endeavour to facilitate students in all sports and activities. Physical Education staff work closely with our gifted and talented athletes to ensure pupils are recognised for their achievements and ability within their sport. They are fully supportive of our students and encourage them to represent the school at all opportunities and events during their time at Rathmore.