Hurling is the most popular extra-curricular activity in Gort Community School. There are 135 boys in the school who play hurling actively for school competitions. The School competes in Juvenile, Junior and Senior Competitions at the highest level. While school activities by their nature are elitist, the hurling activities provided for students by the teachers in the school promotes and encourages participation from all students of all levels interested in hurling.
There are two competitions which cater for the younger students in Gort Community School. The first year team and the under 15 team compete at ‘A’ level in the Connaught Championship, where they compete against St Brigids, Presentation Athenry, Athenry Vocational School, Portumna Community School and Calasanctius College Oranmore. This is a very high standard of second level hurling equivalent to ‘A’ level Munster and Leinster Colleges.
There are also blitzes for First Year and under 15 hurlers held during the year. On these days every hurler that wishes to participate brings a packed lunch, their gear and two hurleys and enjoy a feast of hurling for the day against other schools in Galway. As many teams as possible will participate and there are few or no subs, so each player will be playing 90-95% of the time.
Junior Hurling League
Gort Community School also organizes a Junior Hurling League which Topform kindly sponsor. It is for all under 15 hurlers in the school that wish to play hurling. This year 72 students of all abilities are taking part. They are divided into eight teams in two groups of four. They subsequently qualify for semi finals and shield semi finals. The objective of this league is to encourage all players regardless of ability to play a meaningful and significant role for their team in a competitive environment. One of the rules is that there is no soloing allowed, which encourages players to move the ball quickly and also stops the stronger players from dominating games. The competition is played on the astro turf pitch at the school in the months of November, December and January. It is a great way for incoming first years to settle into the school year and make new friends.
This year the Transition Years are also organizing a Wall Ball competition for First, Second and Third years, and are organizing a skills competition during ‘Hurling Week’. This Hurling Week will take place in the month of May and is open to all students. During lunchtime of each day there will be a competition to test the student’s ability to execute a particular skill such as the sideline cut or a’ Poc Fada’