We have six rugby pitches on site and have been the official host venue of the Leinster Rugby School of Excellence summer camps since 1998. We also host Leinster Rugby coaching courses annually.
Rugby is a FOCUSport for boys, catering for students of all levels of ability through a variety of contact, modified contact (Touch) and non-contact (Tag) game forms. All Form 1 boys must participate in Rugby for a minimum of one afternoon per week. Matches for Form 1 and Form 2 teams take place on Wednesday afternoons or Saturday mornings. Students who continue with Rugby in Form 3 and above compete in Leinster Rugby competitions.
Rugby is offered to girls in Form 2 and above, in a variety of contact, modified contact and non-contact forms, with training sessions during the Autumn/Winter terms and matches taking place in the summer term.
Head of Rugby: Mr Jarvis
We have two purpose-built astro turf hockey pitches on site and are the host venue for Hockey Ireland and the Leinster Hockey Association coaching courses and camps annually.
Hockey is a FOCUSport for both boys and girls from Forms 1 through 6, catering for students of all levels of ability. All Form 1 students must participate in Hockey for a minimum of one afternoon per week and all matches selected for. Each team is entered in Leinster Hockey competitions.
Head of Hockey: Mr McKinnon
Basketball is a FOCUSports for girls, catering for students of all levels of ability. All Form 1 girls must participate in Basketball for a minimum of one afternoon per week and all matches selected for. Teams from Form 1 and Form 2 enter the North Dublin League. We also enter Under-16 teams and Under-19 teams in the relevant North Dublin Leagues for students from Form 3 upwards. Basketball is offered to boys from Form 3 with Under-16 and Under-19 boys teams entered into regional competitions.
Head of Hockey: Mr O’Connor
Athletics is offered all year round and features as one of our FOCUSports for the summer term. Coaching is offered for the full range of track and field events including sprinting, jumping and throwing. Students are entered into both the Leinster Indoor Combined Events and the West Leinster Athletics Championships each year where they have the opportunity to subsequently qualify for the All-Ireland Championships.
Head of Athletics: Mr Jarvis
Badminton is a winter sport available to all form groups. Focussed team training is held weekly in the Sports Hall in preparation for league matches, as well as social badminton for all students who wish to participate for fitness or social interaction.
Cricket has a longstanding tradition at The King’s Hospital and is offered to all students, catering for levels of ability. All Form 1 students must participate in Cricket for a minimum of one afternoon per week in the summer term, and all matches selected for. Each team is entered into leagues organised by Leinster Cricket. Indoor Cricket Nets training will begin one evening per week from November.
Football is played during the summer term for senior school students with an emphasis on inclusion, participation and enjoyment. Students are coached in the fundamentals of football and challenge matches take place with similar schools throughout Leinster.
We have a fully equipped in-house gym for students in Forms 4 and above. Our qualified Gym Instructors provide industry-leading fitness classes, strength and conditioning sessions and sport-specific training programmes. Gym classes offered include HIIT, advanced strength training and circuits as well as one-to-one development sessions.
Michelle Barry & Ciaran Donohoe
From Form 2, students can attend rowing up to three days per week. All off-water training takes place in our purpose-built indoor rowing room whilst on-water training takes place twice per week at Neptune & Municipal Rowing Clubs in the Michaelmas and Trinity Terms. Our rowers compete in numerous regattas around Ireland, with the main event being the National Schools Championships.
The King’s Hospital Swim Club train two mornings per week throughout the school year. This is for experienced swimmers and is designed to be an additional fitness session, or part of a swimmer’s overall programme. We also offer swimming classes and ‘free swim’ opportunities for students who are not part of the Swim Club. Our onsite swimming pool has recently had extensive refurbishment and upgrade.
Tennis is a core summer sport for all students and is mandatory for Form 1, with teams for all skill levels. Each team is entered into a league organised by Leinster Schools Tennis. Training sessions are held on our Astro pitches and hard courts, with professional tennis coaches providing training.
Yoga classes are offered in the early morning and afternoons four times per week. Yoga is a great way to improve balance, flexibility and muscle stability whilst providing a mindful practice to alleviate stress and anxiety. There are a variety of class styles available including energetic or relaxed flow.