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Sports Academy


In addition to our extra-curricular sports programe is our Sports Academy, which is available to our most talented junior sportspeople.

The Sports Academy provides expert coaching in the sports of basketball, netball, rugby, football and hockey, as well as cricket. 

The philosophy of the Sports Academy is to nurture the talent of young students, giving them the opportunity and environment to excel, both on the sports field and in the classroom.

The Year 9’s enjoy early morning coaching sessions covering six major team sports at the College. These are Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball and Rugby. They undergo fitness and skills testing and under the tutelage of experienced and highly qualified coaches are engaged in developing their skills and game understanding.
The Year 10 Academy groups follow a curriculum based programme which is a mixture of practical coaching and theory relating to Sports Performance. This programme is designed to develop an understanding and knowledge through Physical Education as well as performance. It is hoped this will inspire these students to perhaps follow a career path in the subject area through school and beyond.
All students are engaged in learning life skills through sport and this is underpinned by initiatives such as our Sports Ambassador visits and INSPIRE Programme.
For more information please contact us at sportsacademy@avcol.school.nz

Trials for 2020

In 2020 the Academy will run five times per ten day cycle and operate in six sports: basketball, rugby, netball, football, hockey and cricket. 

Each session will be prior to school, starting at 7.30am and finishing at 8.30am. In Year 10, the Sports Academy programme will operate in class time as one of the subject options available to your child.

The Sports Academy trial day will held in November, with the date TBA.

Students will perform a series of skill drills followed by small sided games. During these sessions they will be assessed on their ability, attitude and potential. Students deemed appropriate for the respective academies by the coaches in attendance will be selected. A letter will be sent home to advise if your son/daughter will or will not be accepted into the first Sports Academy intake.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our Teacher in Charge of the Sports Academy, Mr James Went on



Sports Academy Selection Day

Date: TBA

Venue : Avondale College Stadium, Gate 3, Rosebank Road

Time :      9am – 3pm

Sports : Basketball (stadium), Netball (courts), Rugby (field), Football (field), Cricket (nets and field), Hockey (turf)

Bring: Appropriate sport shoes, track suit, shorts, shirt, socks, sun hat, sun screen. All equipment needed for particular sport student is trailing for.  Food : Lunch, snacks, water


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