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  • Mr Cathal Murray (Head of Department)
  • Mr Rory Friel
  • Mr Ronan Mc Mahon


St. Colman's College has always had the well-deserved reputation for sporting excellence. This has now been reinforced with the development of some of the finest sports facilities in Northern Ireland. St. Colman's main indoor sports' facility is a modern purpose built Sports Hall which has a four court (badminton size) main hall, which can also be used for basketball, volleyball, 5-a-side soccer and indoor Gaelic & Hurling to name some activities, with the most recent addition being the installation of a One Wall Handball wall which is used extensively before, during and after school. The health and fitness suite has state-of-the-art cardiovascular and resistance equipment, along with a section of free weights. The resistance machines are supplied by world leading 'Life Fitness' and are designed to work most of the major muscles of the body. These consist of treadmills, steppers, cross-trainers, bikes and rowing machines, as well as the dedicated weights machines and the free weights area.

The massive 60 acre site of the St. Colman's College grounds was mapped several years ago and a permanent Orienteering course was created on site. This has been used by students during curriculum based PE and an Orienteering club was formed for students to use this facility after school.  Other schools would also use this excellent facility for groups preparing for Orienteering practical's as part of their GCSE PE.  Other sports facilities at the College include the two outdoor handball courts, a large hard surfaced areas consisting of three 5-a-side football pitches a Multi-Purpose Hall and two tennis courts.

In 2011 the facilities in the College were taken to a new level with the opening of a full sized floodlit 3G Gaelic pitch, a six lane running track and changing Pavilion. The 3g pitch measures 144m x 90m and is the only full size 3g pitch in the area and indeed this part of Ulster. This was the first Full Size GAA Code of Compliance pitch installed in the North of Ireland and was completed in April 2011. It has been used extensively by Universities, Counties, local schools and clubs where reviews from users have praised the outstanding quality of the surface. The track has been laid using the latest technology and is an approved IAAF facility which was been used extensively by College students, both during and after school, many local schools and by members of the local community.


All pupils in Years 8, 9 & 10 will participate in two periods of PE per week, covering the following range and content: Fitness, Games, Gymnastics, Athletics and Outdoor Education.

Fitness: The aim of this unit is to develop pupils' understanding of their own fitness and how improving their fitness impacts on their health and well-being.

Games: Pupils will be taught how to outwit an opponent through a range of games, including Basketball, Gaelic, Hurling, Handball, Indoor Soccer & European Handball. In each game pupil's will be taught to develop their technical performance, tactical awareness and knowledge of the rules governing the game.

Gymnastics: Pupils will be taught to develop specific gymnastic techniques and to perform them accurately and consistently. They will be required to create, plan, perform and evaluate sequences on both the floor and using apparatus.

Orienteering: Pupils will be taught to develop their problem solving and orienteering skills through a range of on-site activities.

Athletics: Pupils will be taught to perform at maximum levels through a range of running, jumping and throwing techniques and the competition rules governing each event.

In all activities pupils' awareness of health, fitness and safety will be developed.


All pupils participate in 2 x 35/40 minute lessons per week, covering the following range and content of activities: Fitness, Games (Gaelic, Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Volleyball), Orienteering and Athletics. The Fitness Suite is also used extensively by Year 11 and 12 students to design and carry out individual fitness programmes to benefit not only their sports but their general health and well-being as well.

In addition, at KS4 the pupils have the opportunity to develop their physical skills and learn the theoretical aspects of Physical Education. The PE department offers the CCEA GCSE Physical Education course. This is an extra 5 x 35/40 minute lessons per week.


The Physical Education department actively encourages students to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities offered by the College. These include: Gaelic Football, Hurling, Handball, Athletics, Rugby, Tennis, Outdoor Pursuits, Golf, Orienteering, Basketball, Cross Country, Swimming, Indoor Soccer, Badminton, Fitness training & Skiing.

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