All students take part in a very intensive Physical Education programme which includes Gymnastics, Dance, Swimming, Athletics, Orienteering, Aerobics and Circuit Training. A variety of games are offered, e.g., Basketball, Gaelic Football, Volleyball, Hockey, Soccer, Unihoc, Tennis, Badminton, Rounders, Tag Rugby, etc. Students participate in these activities regularly at many levels.
Senior students have the opportunity to take part in alternative classes such as Yoga and Pilates. They also attend classes, such as Swimming, Aqua Aerobics, Aerobics, Step and Rebounding in Coral Leisure Centre.
Extracurricular Sporting Activities include:
Presentation College Currylea has built a considerable reputation in both Connacht and Ireland for our prowess in Ladies Football. We first fielded a team in 1999 and since then have gone on to contest up to 20 finals at County, Connacht and All-Ireland levels, in grades ranging from u14, Junior (u16) and Senior (u19). The pinnacle of the school’s achievements came in 2003 when we won the Senior A All-Ireland title.
In more recent years, our Senior A team has won three successive A Connacht Titles (2016, 2017 & 2018).
Our Junior team has also been extremely successful. In 2015, we were All-Ireland finalists. Since then, we have secured two successive A Connacht titles (2016 & 2017) and represented Connacht and Galway in the All-Ireland series.
Our u14 team has many successes. In 2016, we also won the Connacht A title. We are proudly the first school to achieve 3 Connacht A titles in the one year.
Many of our students now form the backbone of Galway teams from underage to senior levels. We have had All-Ireland winning captains and one-third of the All-Ireland winning senior Galway panel are past-pupils of the school.
All of this success has been achieved as a result of dedicated students and willing teachers. Training takes place after school and at lunch-times. Everyone is always welcome. Football offers a wonderful chance to make new friends and get involved. In fact, in more recent years, we have developed an international dimension with students from all over the world joining our panels.
Coaches: Ms. O’Connor, Ms. Devlin, Mr. Moran & Ms. Morris
Student Council Rep: Aoife O’Rourke, Laura McTigue
Basketball is a very popular team sport in Presentation College Currylea and student interest is growing each year. The school offers all students the chance to join the basketball team and compete in competitions from the age groups of 1st year, 2nd year, Cadette and Senior. Training is held twice a week. Senior and Cadette training begins immediately in September with competitions starting in October. First year and 2nd year teams train later in the year with competitions starting in January.
The school has one indoor and three outdoor courts and these ensure maximum participation by students wishing to play the game. Basketball is an excellent way to keep fit and healthy, can strengthen bonds with other teammates and develop life-long friendships.
Coaches: Ms. Murphy & Ms. Forde
Student Council Rep: Laura Daly, Sophie Smith
The Athletics Club trains twice a week. We are very fortunate to have the Palace grounds right beside us and we use this track for training. Later in the year, we invite running coach, Tommy Carton, to lead some training sessions with us.
The two main school events are:
- Cross-country competition which is usually held in Bushfield, Loughrea.
- Track-and-field competition which is usually held in Dangan, Galway.
Both competitions progress to All-Ireland levels after qualifying in South Galway and then Connacht.
While we only train for running events at school, we invite students to compete in all events.
We also have our annual school 5k run and are very grateful to Tuam AC who always help us out on the day.
Coaches: Ms. Rouse & Ms. Cosgrove
Student Council Rep: Ciara Maguire
There are two soccer teams – 1st Year and u15. While it is a relatively new sport to the school our u15 team achieved success reaching the Connacht Quarter-final in 2018. We train weekly after school.
Coaches: Ms. Heaton & Mr. Hamilton
Student Council Rep: Hannah McHugh
The badminton team consists of 1st, 2nd and 3rd years. We train weekly. New students from 1st year are welcome! We develop our skills and aim to improve with every training while having fun at the same time! Challenge matches are arranged ahead of the ‘Connacht Schools Competition’ in the new year. Here is a picture of the girls training.
Coach: Ms. McGuire
Student Council Rep: Laura O’Dea
The gymnastics club trains weekly in the school gym. Our aim is to improve fitness and gymnastic skills. It is particularly popular among 1st year students and provides an opportunity to make new friends.
Coach: Ms. O’Connor
Student Council Rep: Holly Brogan
Students who own their own pony or horse represent the school in interschools showjumping competitions at weekends. This gives students the opportunity to represent the school in showjumping locally and nationally.
Student Council Rep: Ciara Mannion
Presentation College Currylea is delighted to have introduced camogie as an extracurricular sport in 2018/19. A Junior team has been entered in the 2018/19 league. We are confident that this very dedicated, enthusiastic group of students will lead this sport to success in the future. Training takes place weekly.
Coach: Ms. Heffernan & Ms. Heffernan
Student Council Rep: Aoife Coen
The swimming team consists of members of the Tuam Swimming Club which trains regularly in Coral Leisure Centre. The swimming team partake in the annual Connacht Senior Schools competitions.
Student Council Rep: Saoirse Burke