St. Kieran’s College Sports Centre is one of the largest, best-equipped and safest facilities of its kind in the country. These facilities allow pupils in the school to partake in a broad and varied PE programme whatever the weather.
The hall itself measures over 50 metres in length and 25 metres in width and is built on a state of the art, spring-loaded wooden floor. Permanent fixtures include six cross-court basketball hoops, two soccer goals and a set of fully retractable, competition standard basketball backboards. Markings are also provided for Olympic handball, badminton, indoor soccer and volleyball amongst others, all of which are part of the PE curriculum. The school provides top of the range equipment for pupils of St. Kieran’s College to enjoy these sports and more.
A pulley system also exists to split the hall into three equal sized courts when larger groups are using it. This facility is often used when playing one of our most popular games, Bata Beag, a small sided, modified version of indoor hurling developed by the St. Kieran’s PE department. It offers a safe, fun environment for pupils in the school to practice their hurling skills. Hurling and non-hurling pupils enjoy the game equally.
Also contained within the building are two spacious dressing rooms, complete with showers, two full size glass-backed squash courts and two full size handball courts complete with viewing gallery. Squash and handball, as well as racquetball, are hugely popular amongst the students of St. Kieran’s. Students who wish to practice their skills may do so in PE class and also during supervised periods at lunchtime.
We also provide a fully equipped weights room, complete with cardio-vascular equipment, weights machines and a wide variety of free-weights and medicine balls. The equipment in the weights room is maintained to the highest safety standards and new equipment is constantly added to meet the needs of our students. Students will be presented with chances to use the weights room in PE classes from Transition Year onwards, as well as during supervised lunchtime periods. The area of core stability and functional strength training is of huge interest to many of our students at present and expert instruction will be given in this area from our PE department from first year onwards.