South Australia’s school sports for tomorrow’s stars

School Sports: St Andrew's Primary
In the hallways and playing fields of South Australian schools, the future stars of the sporting world might just be running their first lap or scoring their initial goals.

With a focus on holistic development, schools in the state are nurturing not just academic excellence but also the budding athletic talents of their students.

From soccer fields to basketball courts, students are given the opportunity to explore their athletic potential across the diverse sports programs offered by schools across SA. From grassroots programs nurturing future athletes to inclusive initiatives promoting fitness for all, South Australian schools are key players in creating well-rounded individuals. Here’s a look at what’s on offer.

Prince Alfred College

Co-curricular sport at Prince Alfred College is an enthusiastically embraced part of school life. From Year 4 to Year 12 our boys participate in a wide range of summer and winter sports with opportunities for students to be involved at all levels, from participation to high performance.

Our world-class facilities including ovals, synthetic turf, nets and our gym, indoor pool, squash and basketball courts in the RED Centre provide many ways for boys to get involved.

Princes also offers our students exchange and tour opportunities through sport to give boys an experience of different schools, cities and countries, whilst participating in the sport they love.

At Princes we believe the value of sport is much greater than the activity itself, leading to positive wellbeing and academic outcomes along with life-long skills such as making and keeping commitments, resilience, problem solving and teamwork, all in relatively low-stakes environments.

Summer sports offered: badminton, cricket, tennis, rowing, waterpolo, swimming, sailing, surfing, T-ball, volleyball and touch football.

Winter sports offered: athletics, hockey, rugby, Australian rules football, table tennis, squash, soccer, debating, chess, and basketball.

23 Dequetteville Tce, Kent Town

School Sports: St Mary's College

St Mary’s College

For your netball-loving daughter, St Mary’s College presents a unique chance to flourish within the Netball Academy. Endorsed by Netball SA, this program, established in 2007, seamlessly weaves elite netball training into the school curriculum.

The netball program is available as an elective subject for Middle School students, with Senior School students completing the program outside regular school hours. Exceptional netball players from Years 7 to 12 are welcomed into the Netball Development Squad, proudly representing St Mary’s College. The program also extends to Year 5 and 6 students, with a ‘Mini Mary’s’ Netball Academy.

St Mary’s College Netball Academy’s success resonates not just in numerous statewide finals but also in players progressing to club, state, and national levels. Beyond the court, students actively engage in mentoring, coaching, and event organisation, cultivating important leadership skills.

At St Mary’s College, they believe in nurturing athletes and well-rounded individuals. Join them in engaging your daughter’s passion for netball in a positive educational journey.

For more information, contact the College at 82165700 or book a tour.

253 Franklin St, Adelaide

School Sports: St Raphael's School

St Raphael’s School

If you’re looking for a school that takes its sporting excellence seriously, then look no further than St Raphael’s School. Each term we offer something different and our 2023 Term 4 program kicked off with the SACPSSA Athletics carnival, where our talented young athletes gave it their all at Santos Stadium. Their efforts were recognised at our annual Celebrating Sports Assembly.

Physical Education Week was a huge success, with Year 6 students leading younger students in energising health hustles, games and a fun run for the JP year levels. Water Safety Week engaged students in daily activities at Unley Swimming Centre. Our after-school sports programs with Kelly Sports included cricket, soccer and volleyball. We are committed to fostering a love of sports and physical activity in all of our students no matter their age or abilities. Join us and discover the many benefits of a school that values sporting excellence.

114 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside

School Sports: St Dominic’s Priory College

St Dominic’s Priory College

Each student’s accomplishments, whether on a playing field or in a classroom, underscore the holistic, well-rounded education that St Dominic’s Priory College provides; and is an honest reflection of the supportive Dominican Community, of which our dedicated staff and College families are an integral part.

The College acknowledges and celebrates the success of our girls. From being selected as a Defender in the U20 Young Matilda’s Squad, to playing Ruck in the AFLW, to competing nationally in Basketball, or representing Australia as a para-athlete in Badminton; our co-curricular Sports Program at St Dominic’s Priory College prides itself on providing a solid foundation for young women to pursue a career in sport.

St Dominic’s Priory College is a Reception – Year 12 girls’ school, located in North Adelaide. We welcome families to visit us in 2024.

139 Molesworth St, North Adelaide

School Sports: Wilderness School

Wilderness School

At Wilderness School, we work hard to generate the best opportunities for every student, like ensuring our girls can study their subjects of choice up until Year 12. This approach extends to providing access to an exceptional range of sport.

Wilderness boasts one of the biggest all girls sports programs in South Australia with over 82 teams that compete annually. Our outstanding teams have achieved premiership medals in a multitude of sports, including rowing, soccer, hockey and swimming.

Our highly successful touch football program is a highlight. Over the past two years, Wilderness girls have won an incredible three state championships, with our senior A players remaining undefeated in their weekly competitions—a truly remarkable effort.

We are tremendously proud and excited to see the program continue to excel.

The success can be credited to outstanding coaching and a true spirit of teamwork —a culture that permeates all Wilderness sport offerings.

30 Hawkers Road, Medindie

School Sports: Seymour College

Seymour College

​​Alongside a world-class academic offering, opportunities for sport at Seymour are broad, engaging, and inclusive, and start from the very beginning.

Seymour’s approach in extending its co-curricular sport offering to its youngest learners is unique, as it provides girls from Reception to Year 2 with boundless opportunities to discover passions and foster friendships, all in the safety of the 25-acre College grounds.

The Junior Years Sport program is facilitated by a team of dedicated and exceptional staff and coaches, who ensure that every girl is supported in her sporting pursuits, as she discovers what she loves.

Yet it’s not just the adults who inspire Seymour’s youngest athletes, as their Middle and Senior girls are also actively involved in the Junior Years program. Whether it be through their aligned training sessions, volunteering as coaches, mentoring, or supporting from the sidelines, Seymour’s Junior Years girls are continually surrounded by incredible role models.

Seymour College is proud of their thriving Sport program and with an 83% participation rate from Reception to Year 6 last year, despite being non-compulsory, the number of passions uncovered, friendships created and sports to be enjoyed in 2024 are sure to be endless.

546 Portrush Rd, Glen Osmond

School Sports: ST Alosyius College

St Aloysius College

For over 15 years, St Aloysius College has provided opportunities for students from Reception to Year 2 to be involved in a range of exciting after school sports clinics through their Come ‘n’ Try program.

Although the program has evolved over the years, the reasons it was established remain the same: offering a nurturing and vibrant space that encourages students to be active, and engaging them in diverse experiences that enhance their physical and social skills. Using a holistic approach to physical education, SAC’s Come ‘n’ Try clinics empower girls to discover their passions and build confidence.

In 2023, students enjoyed trying multiple sports including gymnastics, dance, cricket, mini tennis, lacrosse, basketball, netball and AFL. In 2024, SAC will add soccer and Little Athletics to the variety of Come ’n’ Try clinics.

53 Wakefield St, Adelaide

School Sports: St Andrew's Primary

St Andrew’s School

At St Andrew’s School, we recognise the significance of fostering physical wellbeing alongside academic excellence. Our sports program is designed to provide students with a dynamic and enriching experience, promoting skills, exposure to diverse activities, and the development of new-found confidence.

Beyond the regular curriculum, St Andrew’s offers a comprehensive Co-Curricular program, with over 20 diverse activities, including instrumental music, debate, digital technology, art, and languages.

Our specialist facilities, including our oval, tennis courts, and purpose-built gymnasium, are regularly used by students during classes, as well as by our extensive range of Co-Curricular sports.

Our commitment to excellence is not just reflected in our facilities and curriculum but also in the achievements of our students. We are immensely proud of Eva (Year 5), who represented South Australia at the School Sport Australia Championships in Launceston, running personal best times in her races.

22 Smith Street, Walkerville

School Sports: Tatachilla Lutheran College

Tatachilla Lutheran College

The importance of sport to the physical and emotional development of children is widely celebrated, but Tatachilla Lutheran College has elevated its teaching approach to sport by offering a unique extension program for its emerging athletes who have demonstrated the talent and commitment necessary to compete at the elite level.

The college’s Advanced Athlete Development Program goes beyond traditional physical education to equip eligible students with the skills and knowledge to grow as high-functioning athletes and – if they so wish – pursue a lifelong career in the sports industry.

As part of the program, Tatachilla’s student-athletes are equipped with crucial skills in physical conditioning, mental preparation, nutrition, leadership, time management, adaptability, rehabilitation, sportsmanship, sports psychology and coaching.

They have the opportunity to apply these skills to their chosen athletic discipline – which may include (but is not limited to) Aussie Rules, cricket, surf lifesaving, table tennis, swimming, cycling, gymnastics and hockey – and gain vital industry experience through collaborations with international sporting experts.

All Tatachilla students in Years 9-11 who are already competing at a district or state level are eligible to apply for the program.

211 Tatachilla Road, McLaren Vale

School Sports: Mercedes College

Mercedes College

Mercedes College is delighted to open its new high performance Arts and Sports Precinct in 2024.

Featuring a state-of-the-art indoor multi-purpose court system and outdoor courts for netball and tennis, this Precinct will soon be the heart of the Mercedes College sporting experience.

Our basketball, volleyball, tennis, netball and badminton teams are all looking forward to playing and competing in these new custom built facilities.

Opening this new Precinct will be one of many highlights at Mercedes College in 2024 as we celebrate our 70th anniversary.

540 Fullarton Road, Springfield

School Sports: Walford Anglican School
Hannah Silcock, Year 7. One of 24 students in Walford’s High Performance Academy during 2023.

Walford Anglican School

Walford prides itself on first-class sporting facilities, and on cultivating a warm, inclusive atmosphere where each student is seen, heard and known. This commitment extends seamlessly to Walford’s High Performance Sport Academy, a sanctuary and development program for students in Years 7 to 12 who are identified as elite athletes or athletes with the potential to reach elite levels of sport.

This dynamic and bespoke high performance athlete development program offers specialised guidance from industry experts in strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, performance psychology, physiotherapy, leadership, and character.

Embracing students from diverse sporting backgrounds, including club/state/national levels or talent pathways/identification programs, Walford uses a tailored and research-informed approach to nurture an environment of connection, wellbeing and excellence for its top tier athletes.

The Academy maximises use of the School’s cutting-edge multimillion-dollar sports centre, featuring indoor courts, a viewing platform, a fitness room, and a movement/dance studio. Beyond this, students also enjoy access to tennis/netball courts, hockey fields, an oval, and a heated swimming pool, enriching their overall athletic experience and development.

316 Unley Road, Hyde Park SA 5016

School Sports: Christian Brothers Collehe

Christian Brothers College

Christian Brothers College (CBC) is proud to offer aspiring soccer students our innovative Soccer Program, in partnership with elite English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Open to boys from Years 7 to 12, this program combines classroom learning with premier coaching and advanced training, to ensure comprehensive development of young soccer athletes.CBC’s Soccer Curriculum emphasises theory, skill refinement, and personal development, important to those entering high-level sports. This is achieved through a 12-week school-based program led by a professional Tottenham Hotspur Coach.

Structured around three key areas: Curriculum, Co-Curricular, and our exclusive partnership with Tottenham Hotspur; this program fosters holistic growth for our boys in physical, psychological, social, and cognitive dimensions.

For boys who have a passion for the world game and aspire to advance their career in soccer, then CBC is the place to be.

214 Wakefield St, Adelaide

School Sports: Faith Lutheran College

Faith Lutheran College

Faith Lutheran College provides diverse experiences for students from age three in our Early Learning Centre to Year 12. As an IB World School, our curriculum emphasises inquiry-based learning, fostering real-world applications.

In Junior School, our Physical Education program enables students to develop skills outside the classroom. The Bush Block provides the perfect setting for students to explore nature, reflect on health and wellbeing and develop skills through play-based games and activities led by our dedicated PE Coordinator. Sports from around the world are also explored as students apply their knowledge and learn to be open minded to different perspectives. Learning is further enriched for upper primary students as they share and lead games for their younger peers at the School’s annual Sports Day.

As students journey through to Middle and Senior School, sporting opportunities include a wide range of extra-curricular teams, competing with Schools from across the state.

Junior School, Maria Street, Tanunda

Middle & Senior School, 130 Magnolia Road, Tanunda


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