Sporting opportunities in Desmond College are offered to our students to promote healthy lifestyles and to further their physical development, as well as to awaken an interest and love in a new sporting experience.
Our students are offered the chance to participate in field games such as camogie, football, hurling, soccer, rugby, basketball and athletics.
The Desmond College Sporting Department believe in meeting the needs of any group in any sport; in this respect we aim to provide our best efforts and commitment to each student so that they can reach their full potential, as both a team and individually.
Official Opening of the School Pitch : June 2014
New Pitch Development
On October 12th 2011, over three years of hardwork came to fruition with the official opening of our school pitch. The Field Development Committee under the leadership of Mr. Mike Nash, have worked tirelessly over the past three years and have fund-raised to the tune of €50,000 for the Field Development Fund. The team, have undertaken many fundraising initiatives including a Race Night, a Field Development Draw, Coffee Mornings, and two Fashion Shows. We are grateful to our parents, staff, students past and present and of course the local community; their support and generosity made the development of our school pitch a reality.
‘Get Fit & Beat the Bleep’ was a challenge for first year secondary students on The John Murray Show in association with Dublin City University. Our First Years were involved in this six week challenge which required students to take a ‘Bleep Test’, and undertaking special training to improve their fitness levels with Ms. Quaid, Ms. Ryan, and Mr. McCarthy. This challenge proved a worthwhile experience for all involved; the student’s fitness and health was seen to improve greatly over this six week period. Student’s truly witnessed the positive effects and enjoyment of an active lifestyle.
“On the 7th of February we did a ‘Bleep Test’ for the first time in school. It was very difficult without any previous training and the majority of us did quite badly – we needed to improve our fitness levels immediately!! We spent the next 6 weeks training by running on the Great Southern Railway Tracks twice a week and by having fitness classes in the school gym. The training started out with short slow runs but we built up speed and endurance, week by week. On the 27th of March we re-did the ‘Bleep Test’ and there was a huge improvement in our fitness levels. I found this experience very fulfilling and I had a great time in the training sessions.”