At Sunday’s Well B.N.S, staff and children alike aim to endorse a healthy lifestyle with sport, and being active playing a major role in the school day. As a result, we have provided many opportunities for the children to participate in a multitude of sports. We hope to get children participating and enjoying sport and every teacher aspires to promote goals such as:
- the importance of enjoyment and play
- maximum participation by all children
- the development of skills and understanding
- a balance between competitive and non competitive activities
- a balance between contact and non-contact activities and opportunities for achievement for each child.
During the academic year, our students participate in Hurling, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Rugby, Basketball and Tennis.
Hurling and Gaelic Football are instilled in the children in collaboration with two local GAA clubs. Jim O’Sullivan from Na Piarsaigh Hurling & Football Club coaches all children from third to sixth class in hurling every Thursday. This is a great day that the kids look forward to every week.
In addition to this, the school hurling team competes in the Sciath na Scol hurling and football tournament as well as numerous hurling blitz around the county. Many of our teachers are very involved in GAA with Mr. Tony O’Farrell acting as chairperson of the Sciath na Scol, and Mr. O’Connell and Mr. Cashman heavily involved playing with their clubs Inniscarra and Blackrock.
St. Vincent’s Hurling & Football Club also help with the coaching in the school. Tommy Collins coaches Gaelic Football to children from first to fourth class every Wednesday. It is fantastic to get children playing at such a young age and the children thoroughly enjoy each session. As with the hurling, the school also competes in every Sciath na Scol football competition.
Tuesday is swimming day in the school. Over 90 children from second to sixth class make the trip to Leisure World in Churchfield every Tuesday. Here under the excellent care of our teacher Mr. Lynch, school staff and numerous local lifeguards, the children learn all the essential strokes of swimming in an enjoyable and child friendly environment that always finishes with water games!
The children at Sunday’s Well B.N.S are fanatical about soccer. It is fantastic to see the soccer ball flying around every yard at every break time. The school also competes in the Sam Allen Tournament where all the schools on the northside of Cork City play in a tournament every year.
A new initiative in the school has begun this year in cooperation with Munster Rugby. Frank O’Mahony, a youth development officer with Munster Rugby calls every Wednesday to coach rugby to our fifth and sixth classes. The children look forward to Frank’s arrival every week and it is great to see boys learning new games and many children have joined Sunday’s Well RFC on the back of Frank’s great work.
Friday is basketball day in Sunday’s Well B.N.S. when students from first class to fourth class play basketball in another collaborative community effort with the famous Blue Demons basketball club. Here, the children learn basic basketball skills but more importantly, they learn basic ball skills that are applicable to all sports.
Tennis is played on a Monday and again basic ball skills are taught to students from infants to third class by instructors from Cork Parks Tennis. Again, the children look forward to tennis every week and enjoyment of sport is yet again the aim of the game!
The third and fourth-class boys also attend Mallow GAA complex once a year for a fun sports and activity day in association with the gardaí. There are over ten schools involved from all over the county. The children play rugby, soccer, hurling and football.