Sport is a big part of RSD life. We offer a wide range of sports to all pupils and encourage everyone to participate and to enjoy sport. There is a sense of ‘sport for all’ and a belief that sport provides all of us with a chance to stay fit and healthy. Just as in the classroom, sport provides pupils with a chance to seek the best from themselves and an opportunity to learn something about themselves.

The School’s major sports are rugby for boys and hockey for girls and a number of teams are fielded for Saturday games at various age groups each week. Many of the teams compete in leagues and cup competitions and RSD players are regularly selected for regional squads in both rugby and hockey. Training and dedication are emphasised in RSD sports teams and there is a huge commitment from teaching staff/coaches and pupils alike. Raw talent is nurtured but hard work and commitment are always the platform for success.

Girls now also have a chance to train and play competitive rugby at RSD, both in the tag and contact versions of the game.

Senior rugby and hockey squads organise annual tours, not only in Ireland and the UK but also abroad. In recent years they have travelled to Spain, Italy and Portugal and there have been combined tours to New Zealand/Australia and to South Africa.


  • U-12 A and B for Year 8 boys
  • U-13 A and B for Year 9 boys
  • U-14 A and B for Year 10 boys
  • Medallion for Year 11 boys
  • 1st & 2nd XV for Year 12-14 boys


  • U-12 A and B for Year 8 girls
  • U-13 A and B for Year 9 girls
  • U-14 A and B for Year 10 girls
  • U-15 for Year 11 girls
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI for Year 12-14 girls

In addition to rugby and hockey, we offer cricket (boys and girls), athletics, volleyball, swimming, badminton, netball, golf, tennis, football, cross country, table tennis, orienteering, showjumping and shooting. Many of our teams are entered for competitions and, just as in rugby and hockey, the most skilled and dedicated performers are often selected for representative honours at regional, Ulster and even Ireland level.









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Ulster Schools Cup championship goes swimmingly for RSD

The RSD Swim Team travelled to Bangor Aquatic Centre to take part in the Swim Ulster Schools Cup championship on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October.

Ellie selected to cycle at the Tour of London

Ellie Kelso (Year 11) has been selected to ride for Cycling Ulster at the Tour of London 2018. This is a great opportunity for her and testament to all of her recent hard work and training.

Quintet of Gold Medals for Jack Rankin

Congratulations to Jack Rankin (Year 10) for winning a superb total of five gold medals last weekend at the Swim Ulster Open Swimming Championships 2018.

U13 Hockey Girls Win Mid-Ulster League

Congratulations to the U13 Hockey girls for becoming joint winners of the Mid-Ulster League, recently.

Ulster U18 Rugby Sevens Competitions

Our congratulations go to a number of RSD pupils who have represented Ulster Rugby at U18 level in Sevens competitions recently.

Past pupil Calum Bain to compete at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

RSD wishes Calum Bain (pictured above, far right) the very best of luck in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games where he will swim, representing Northern Ireland. Calum left NI on Tuesday to train and acclimatise to Australia’s Gold Coast.

Ulster Schools’ Cup: Round 3, RSD vs GGS

On Saturday 20th January, RSD traveled to Grosvenor Grammar school to play the 3rd round of the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup.

Senior House Badminton Competition 2018

There was a very pleasing turn out for senior house badminton which took place on 10th Jan. Initially, for the female singles, Nicholson/Dungannon’s Joanne Shaw dominated against both Bullingbrook/ Tyrone and Beresford / Charlemount winning 11-7 and 11-6 respectively.

1st XI Hockey battle for Schools Cup

On Tuesday 28th November, the girls 1st XI travelled to the Joey Dunlop Sports Centre to play Dalriada in the 1st round of their schools cup competition.

RSD Girls U14B hockey team defeat Drumglass High School

The above photographs were taken during a recent Hockey match against local rivals, Drumglass High School. It was a perfect autumnal afternoon for the match.

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