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.