Spa N.S. places enormous value on the benefits to be derived from engaging in sporting activities. The school has a long and proud tradition of involvement in sports and physical education at all levels. The school offers coaching and instruction in a wide variety of sports to encourage the children to pursue a more active and healthy lifestyle.Over the past five years the school has continuously invested in a wide variety of sports equipment ofr use in lessons and clubs. Our school also has very close ties with Tralee I.T. and their Sports & Leisure department. Each school year, undergraduates from the Recreation and Leisure Degree complete teaching practise modules in our school which ensures that our teachers and pupils are continuously exposed to best practice and up to date developments in children’s sport
For younger pupils the emphasis in PE is on building up children's agility, balance and co-ordination. The focus is on group games, dance and movement. Pupils work with different pieces of equipment including mats, benches, balls of varying sizes, hoops, bean bags and skipping ropes. This equipment is available to pupils at break times as well.
Our senior pupils are involved in various sporting activities including athletics, basketball, tag rugby, spikeball, gaelic football, soccer and hurling. Our senior pupils are given every opportunity to represent the school in inter school competitions. These pupils always take great pride in wearing the school jersey. Spa N.S. is also very proud of its many past pupils who have gone on to achieve great success in their sporting fields.
Spa N.S. has a proud tradition in the promotion of our national games. We are very fortunate to have a very close working relationship with Pearse Brothers GAA club Churchill and we have full use of their facilities which are situated next to the school .
Our students participate in all Cumann na mBunscol competitions. Our boys football teams have have had great success and reached the county final every year for the past four years. Our girls won the school’s first county title in 2010 and compete enthusiastically every year. All classes enjoy a six week coaching block with former Kerry footballer Michéal Quirke.
Spa N.S. was one of the first schools to participate in the South Kerry hurling initiative and are delighted to be proud supporters of Tralee Parnells hurling club. Former National hurling director Paudie Butler is a regular visitor to the school and Kerry hurler John Griffin coaches different classes every week. We are one of the only schools in the county to have its own Camogie Club. Teachers Ms. Breen and Mrs. Foley have done trojan work in establishing the club and over thirty girls from second to sixth class train after school on Tuesdays and compete in club blitzes on a regular basis.
Basketball is a very popular sport in the school and our teachers coache basketball to the students in their P.E. lessons. The pupils learn the skills of the game in a fun environment and there is a real emphasis on participation and exercise with regard to these classes. The school is also looking forward to participating in the proposed inter school blitzes.
Spikeball is junior version of volleyball. Mr. Linehan introduced the game to the school’s sporting calendar five years ago and the game has really grown in popularity since then. Our 6th class enter teams in the inter school competitions every year and they have had tremendous success. In 2010, our boys team reached the All Ireland Final. In 2011 our mixed team were crowned All Ireland Champions and in 2012 our mixed team were narrowly beaten in the All Ireland final. The beauty of Spikeball is that every student likes to get involved and Spa N.S. has made many friends from other schools all over the country from competing in the competitions.
Tag rugby is another favourite in Spa N.S. Many of our students are active members of Tralee Rugby Club and we are delighted to have Eddie Barnes visit the school every year to coach our fifth and sixth classes. The students love the sessions as Eddie always highlights the importance of agility, balance and teamwork in the lessons. The classes participate in the annual schools fun blitz in Tralee rugby club every year.
Soccer is the main game during break time in Spa N.S. with our pupils eager to show their latest skills. Our 6th class boys and girls have competed in the F.A.I. schools competitions for the past few years. In 2012 our boys were crowned Kerry Champions and were narrowly beaten in the Munster Final. Teacher Miss O Donoghue worked very hard in preparing these teams for the competitions.
We are delighted to welcome Liam, our Snag golf coach to the school every year. Liam visits many of the classes and coaches them in the basics of the game of golf. Jennifer Hickey of the Ladies Golfing Union is another regular visiting coach who gives so generously of her time to the school.