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Athletics is one of the two main sports for boys and girls in the summer term. The school has its own grass running track situated prominently in front of the school.

Athletics at The King's Hospital is open to all, regardless of their age, previous experience or ability. Pupils can participate across a range of disciplines, enjoying dedicated coaching and tailored training to help each individual reach his or her potential.

Pupils from the school compete most successfully in the West Leinster Championships, with many qualifying to take part in the full Leinster Schools’ Championships and then to the prestigious Schools’ All Ireland Championships. The King’s Hospital has a long record of excellent achievement in these arenas and many All Ireland Champions in various athletic disciplines have been produced over the years.

The school also hosts several inter-school competitions during the season, most notably the Hall Cooper Trophy. There is also a strong tradition of competition in athletics within the school itself, with pupils competing against one another at all age levels, culminating in Sports’ Day, which in held in late May.

Cross-Country is also an important sport during the Winter and Easter terms, with pupils participating in the West Leinster Schools’ championships, with competitors then progressing to Leinster and All-Ireland Championships

Head of Athletics (Boys): Matt Jarvis

Head of Athletics (Girls): Emma Ryan

  • King's Hospital Athletics