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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Celebrating Success | Evie Girvan

Congratulations to Evie Girvan and the Ulster U16s as they were crowned inter-pro champions after winning on run ins!

Hockey Review | January 2023

At the beginning of January the 1XI played Strathearn in the Senior Schools Cup. This was a very tight game finishing 0:0. Unfortunately the team lost 3:0 on run ins and narrowly missed out on progressing to the quarter finals of the Schools cup. At the end of January...

Celebrating Success | Juliana Hayes

Congratulations to our Year 11 pupil, Juliana Hayes, for her success in Athletics last season.

Sporting Achievements – Winter 2022

Congratulations to all of our year 8-10 students who were recently acknowledged for their Sporting Achievements in the Winter 2022 term.

Celebrating Success | Juliana Hayes

Congratulations to our Year 11 pupil, Juliana Hayes, for her success in Athletics last season.

Hockey Review | December 2022

Senior hockey The 1XI faced Grosvenor in the next round of the Senior Schools Cup and recorded a 7:1 win with goals from Molly Watt (3), Evie Girvan (3) and Erin Mathieson, this was a fantastic result and meant the girls progressed to the round of 16. In the McDowell...

Celebrating Success | Lucy Orr

Congratulations to our Year 9 pupil Lucy Orr

Celebrating Success | Beth Robinson and Evie Girvan

Last weekend, Evie Girvan and Beth Robinson represented Portadown hockey club in the All Ireland Hockey championship

Celebrating Success | Chloe Ewart

Last weekend, Chloe Ewart (Year 8) had a busy weekend of swimming, competition in two competitions back to back.

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