Cookstown Primary has a strong footballing tradition, with boys’ and girls’ teams representing the town in both local and national competitions. Many past pupils have gone on to play for local clubs as well as in the Irish League and English Premiership. Several past pupils (both boys and girls!) have gone on to play for their National Teams. The school does not just cater for children who are gifted and talented in this area, but tries to encourage mass participation by giving every child the opportunity to participate.