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Each year, our young sports people enjoy considerable success in regional and national competitions.

All of our top sports teams in the major codes play in the premier divisions and are performing well with pleasing results.

With top coaching for over 250 sporting teams across 24 sporting codes, the opportunity is assured for all students to explore their personal interests and pursue their potential.

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Our expansive grounds offer immaculately groomed fields, a multi-purpose artificial turf playing surface, tennis courts, including one under cover, and an indoor cricket facility. Our location on the banks of the Tamaki Estuary means an extensive rowing programme can be offered right on our doorstep.

Sporting Codes

The College offers the following sports:

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Athletics

The College Athletics championships take place in February at the College.  From those results a large team is selected to represent the College at Auckland Zone competition including relays. The top three from this competition qualify for the Champions of Champions at Mt Smart Stadium.  Saint Kentigern have had a lot of success over the years in the Auckland Championships with many students going on to represent Auckland at the North Island Championships.  Our relay teams, in particular have broken many College and Auckland records in recent years.  Top Athletes are encouraged to belong to a club for specialised coaching and training.

The National Athletics Championships take place in Term 4 around New Zealand where students can be entered for this.

 

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Badminton

Trials are at the end of Term 1 with competition games in Term 2 played at Lloyd Elsmore Badminton Club, Li Ning Badminton Centre or Gilles Ave on either Wednesdays or Fridays after school. There is a social badminton club played after school on Thursdays in Term 2 for Year 9-13 and in Term 3 for Year 7 and 8 students.

The Premier Badminton often enters the NZSS championships with recent success in 2017 placing 2nd in New Zealand in the Boys competition and the Girls team placed 3rd in 2010.  Many students represent their region and country at the highest level while still at the College.

 

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Basketball

Basketball is the biggest growing sport at College level in Saint Kentigern. In 2019 we have 17 teams for boys and girls seeing the involvement of over 230 athletes at all levels, we also see students taking on the responsibilities of referees and coaches required to facilitate the number of teams. Competition is held during Terms 2 and 3 Monday-Friday throughout the greater Auckland area. We have some of the best facilities in the country, starting with a brand new two court gym to go along with our show court where our Premier and Senior A teams host their home games.Our aim is to be competitive in all grades and have some fun along the way. We have a great support crew which allows everything to run smoothly and is crucial for the success of our programme.

The Basketball programme is led by Aaron Young for the past 4 years he has developed the programme at Saint Kentigern with the Premier Boys team having their best result in 2018 of 3rdat Nationals. Aaron has been involved in with the Breakers as a video analyst for the past 5 years and the NZ U17 rep teams for 4 years.

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Cricket

Cricket at Saint Kentigern College is an exciting and challenging game to play. We encourage commitment and learning as ways to improve, enjoy and have some success as an individual and a team.  The cricket season starts in Term 4 and finishes in Term 1. All games are played either at home or throughout the Auckland Cricket Zone. Boys’ Cricket is played at the weekend with Girls’ Cricket played mid-week, either on a Wednesday or Thursday. The majority of teams have two trainings per week; these will be scheduled once teams are confirmed.

Saint Kentigern College also offer Cricket Development Classes for talented and committed Y9, Y10 and Y11 boys/girls run by Mark Greatbatch (Former NZ player and coach) to help them develop their practical, mental and fitness skills to enable them to enjoy the game and have success.

 

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Cross Country

Following on from the College Cross Country which is held at the College at the end of term 1 or beginning of term 2, a squad (top 10 students from each grade) is chosen to represent the college for the Auckland Secondary Schools Cross Country Championship (an inter-school competition).  The aim is to compete in all age groups individually and in the 3 & 6 person teams.  Students can also be entered into the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships.

 

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Cycling

Saint Kentigern College cycling covers both road and track cycling. During the winter we focus on road cycling and, in spring and early summer, we focus on track cycling. Our programme caters for boys and girls at all levels, including beginners. We have excellent coaches, all of whom have represented New Zealand, that are committed to cycling and nurturing athletes.

We have a cycling shed in the Sports Centre, where our equipment is stored and training commences. We have loan bikes available, for a small seasonal fee, to allow new entrants to try the sport. Tamaki Youth Development Sports Club Inc, TYDSCI, is our support club, run by parents, providing equipment such as wind trainers and racing helmets; funding for international representatives; coaching and other assistance.

Cycling is a demanding but fulfilling sport that teaches discipline, team work and provides a basis for a strong work ethic. Saint Kentigern College cycling has a proud record, winning many team titles and individual titles. We have cyclists who have represented New Zealand and others who have gone on to ride in prestigious international trade teams in Europe.

Cycling provides an excellent opportunity for students to become high performing endurance athletes and leaders.

 

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Equestrian

Our equestrian team has a proud history at Saint Kentigern College. Riders are known for their sportsmanship, skill and most importantly their team attitude. Whilst riders often come from different disciplines and levels, we do make an effort to get together as a team and support each other during events. Our team typically consists of around 20 riders, with 4-8 attending events.

The equestrian season runs all year, with our earliest event usually at the beginning of Term 1, and our last event in Term 3. Events take place in Auckland, Cambridge and down in Taupo. Any riders are welcome to sign up for events. Sign up for events must take place through Dr Rene in G11 with the correct forms signed and ready to go. Teams are then created for events. Parents are expected to bring riders and their horses to and from events, or to organise transport. A school rep will be at most events to organise teams, timings and updates. Uniforms are available at Mungos, helmet covers and ears for pony/hack are with Dr Rene and saddle blankets are shared

 

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Fencing

Saint Kentigern college Fencing meets for practice on Wednesdays from 3.30 – 5pm throughout Terms 1-3. Everyone is welcome to attend, though beginners need to start at the beginning of a year when the basic skills are introduced. We have external coaches who come to coach and students may learn either Foil or Sabre as their weapon of choice. Students are welcome to just come to Wednesday training sessions, but those looking to further develop their skills are encouraged to also participate in the Secondary School’s competitions which are held on Saturdays at the Trusts Stadium in Waitakere. These competitions are on an individual basis, and there is also a Teams event which the College aims to enter a number of teams in.

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Football

Saint Kentigern have over 30 football teams ranging from Elite through to competitive and social grades. 

Trials are in Term 1, with Boys’ competition games on Saturday mornings. Girls’ games are Wednesday after school. Most teams practise at least once a week after school. The football season runs through Terms 2 and 3 although our Football development classes are all year round. Games are played home and away each week.  

All students are expected to wear the appropriate footwear, shinguards and the uniform can be purchased at the uniform shop.

Our Football Development classes are run at year 7-11 for both boys and girls.  Taking place during terms 1-4 these classes are for serious competitive players only. They normally consist of our A squad players in each age group but not restricted to this especially in the younger age groups. These sessions consist of 3 field sessions and 1 strength and conditioning session per 7 day cycle. 

The boys 1st X1 won the NZSS league in 2018 for the first time in 26 years and NZ Champions in 2016.  They have regularly had players involved in both New Zealand u17 & u20 age group World Cup squads. 

Matt Ridenton being one of our players to go on and become a professional initially with Wellington Phoenix and now Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League 

The girls 1st XI won the Auckland Premiership for the first time in 2017 and again in 2018.  They were also crowned NZ champions in 2017 for the first time.  The girls have had a number of players go on to NZ level teams and Hannah Blake has been Saint Kentigern’s latest NZ Football White Fern in 2018

 

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Golf

Saint Kentigern College Golf competitions and programmes are widely available to all college students  and those wishing to represent the college in Auckland or New Zealand Golf Competitions. Our college teams are always at the top of their respective  competitions throughout Auckland and New Zealand. As winners of the Auckland Teams College Event 13 times in the last 15 years our teams have shown their dominance with numerous provincial and National Individual awards for our players.

Students have range practice at the Remuera Golf Club and course access at The Howick Golf Club Musik Point . Thus we have 2 great areas for skill development for the elite as well all levels of golfers wishing to avail themselves of these practise facilities. 

Monday's in term 1 is for 9 hole stroke play, the premier golf team championship for Auckland Secondary School teams . The college has several teams entered in the different divisions of the Auckland Secondary Schools golf championships. In term 2 there is the individual Nobilo Saint Kentigern Championships along with the Auckland Secondary Schools individual eventing programme.

Graduates of the college have made their way in a number areas in golf on leaving the college. These include  golf scholarships to the USA, some players turning professional and heading on the  different professional tours, and some involved in leading roles within the golf industry. 

Specialised programmes are designed for those best golfers in the Golf Academy. This combines a  Golf and Academic  programme together. There are other coaching programmes for those  golfers not in the Academy  or those wishing to get started in golf.

Coach of the Golf Academy - Rory Moor.

 

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Gym Sports

Students who want to compete in school gymsport events can be entered by the school sports administrator. There is no school club or trainings, students are members of outside gymsport clubs.

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Hockey

Saint Kentigern College are very fortunate to have Ramesh Patel as Director of Hockey who runs all the trials, selects the teams and coaches many of our teams at the College.

Saint Kentigern have 8-10 teams representing the College at hockey in the Auckland competitions across the age groups.  Games are played Monday-Fridays terms 2 and first half of term 3 and teams are transported to these games.  Students need to have their own stick, mouthguard and shin guards to play and can purchase the uniform at Mungos. 

Teams will either practice in the morning or after school on the College turf or down the road at Auckland Hockey.  Year 7 & 8 teams compete in Zone competitions and exchanges. 

The Hockey Boys 1st XI in 2018 was crowned Auckland, Super City and Rankin Cup Champions.  This is the first time in the history of the College that the boys team have won the Rankin Cup (New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships).  Every year students are encouraged to represent their region and consistently have over 25 junior representatives with a few going on to higher honours when they leave school. More recently Old Collegian Lulu Tuilotolava was our first female Black Stick named in 2018.

 

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking is another sport growing in popularity at Saint Kentigern. It is a self-supported sport, the College facilitates the entries to events through the year. 

 

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Multisport

Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathon

Saint Kentigern College Triathlon encompasses triathlon, aquathon and duathlon events. Starting the year, we have an intensive three day triathlon training camp in Taupo in mid to late January. Following this, we train after school twice a week, and Auckland and National competitions are throughout Term 1.

Our programme caters for boys and girls at all levels, including beginners. Various skills in the open water, and on the bike are developed. We have experienced coaches, who compete in the sport themselves and bring a love of the sport to the table. The grounds at Saint Kentigern provide an excellent training ground with the school swimming pool, access to quiet cycling roads and expansive fields and a walking/cycling pathway to run on. We have the cycling shed facility to store bikes and loan bikes are available for a small fee. Loan bike and other equipment such as wind trainers are provided by Tamaki Youth Development Sports Club Inc, TYDSCI which is a support club run by parents. 

Saint Kentigern College triathlon has a very strong and proud history of individual and team national titles, and students have gone on to represent New Zealand on the world stage including competing at the Olympic Games. Triathlon provides a unique challenge tying in three sports, allowing variety for students and great development of endurance. While an individual sport the team culture provides camaraderie among students and helps bring the best out of each other to develop as people and athletes. 

 

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Netball

The Netball Programme at Saint Kentigern aims to provide a service to all those that wish to play, coach or umpire. An essential part of our programme is to facilitate a pathway for improvement for all players, coaches and officials.

Over the last 10 years the sport has grown at the College and now 30+ teams compete each week in term 2 and 3 at the Auckland Netball Centre either on a Saturday morning or Tuesday afternoon for Year 7&8 teams.

In addition to these teams, Saint Kentigern has two Netball Development classes, one in Year 9 and one in Year 10. These classes are offered to those students that are selected in either the of the top two teams of their age group. Both classes include key areas of netball performance such as video analysis, nutrition, sports psychology, strength and conditioning and technical and tactical practical sessions.

All coaches are guided through a mentoring process and regularly observed to maintain high standards. Progression through coaching qualifications is also encouraged.

Netball at Saint Kentigern has grown in success with the top teams in each age group regularly placing in the top two of their grade and Senior A and Premier teams winning various tournament titles.  

We are committed to ensuring that the whole netball programme has opportunities to connect together and be part of a bigger picture. It’s important to us that players have access to role models and they themselves are role models to others. 

We are proud that as a school, we produce industrious and committed athletes who regularly achieve the ‘next step’ of their journey be it representative, BEKO or professional contracts with ANZ teams. Such athletes include Tori Kolose, Sydney Fraser, Amorangi Malesala and Tayla Earle

 

Orienteering

Orienteering challenges both the mind and the physical and is great for our intellectual and sporty students.

There are opportunities to compete on the world stage in this sport, as schools are selected to represent NZ and compete in the World Secondary School orienteering championships every 2 years. 

The sprint series in Term 1 is ideal for students to try out the sport, and then this progresses into forest events and rogaines spread throughout the year. Prior to each different type of event, we have meetings to teach students new skills, particularly related to features on maps, use of compasses, orientation of maps etc. Coaches are present at the events to give feedback to students after their course.

Students from Saint Kentigern are able to compete in regional events, North Island Championships and Nationals each year. There is scope for elite athletes to be selected for NZ teams. Each year, a NZ Secondary School team is selected to compete in the Australian championships.

 

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Rowing

Saint Kentigern College Rowing Club runs a full programme for both girls and boys operating out of the clubs rowing shed which is located on the banks of the Tamaki River conveniently situated at the foot of the College, we are also very fortunate to have a pontoon whereby rowers can access the water more efficiently during training sessions.

The club ensures that all rowing skiffs are of the highest quality to enable our rowers to compete at the top level at regatta’s throughout the season, all classes of boats are available from single scull boats right through to the latest eight oar skiffs for all age group.

The success of the club is due to our commitment in ensuring that we have access to the best possible equipment, fully committed coaches to achieve at the highest level. As a result of this we have had a number of rowers go onto represent New Zealand at all levels and also gain entrance into Ivy League Universities in the USA.

As a sport rowing has been recognised as a key part in the development of young students, the discipline and work ethic instilled in our young rowers are attributes that will remain with them for life.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop into high achieving athletes and future leaders.

 

 

 

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Rugby

Rugby is a high profile sport at the College.  There is always 8-10 teams competing for the College in the Auckland Secondary Schools competition each year including the 1st XV in the 1A. 

School rugby runs in term 2 and the first 3 weeks of term 3 on Saturday mornings with 2 trainings for each team during the week after school.  Trials and preseason trainings are run in term 1

We have a proud history in the 1A competition especially over the last 10 years winning the Auckland Championships title 5 times and also the World Schools title in 2013

Many of our students leave the College and go on to Mitre 10 Cup, Super Rugby, Sevens, League and International Teams including in recent years, Dalton Papalii, Blake Gibson, Braydon Ennor, Matt Duffie, TJ Faiane, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Patrick Herbert, Sam Nock, Paripari Parkinson and Finlay Christie.

In year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to trial for the rugby academy in term 1, which is run during class time. This is a development programme covering the basic fundamentals of rugby and strength and conditioning programme throughout the year.  

This is run by the Director of Rugby Tasesa Lavea.

 

Snow Sports

Snow Sports is gaining popularity as we are seeing New Zealanders shine on the world stage. At Saint Kentigern we have teams participate at the Auckland Champs at Snow Planet in Term 2 as well as the North Island Champs in Term 3. The College supports and facilitates the entries to the events. 

 

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Squash

Squash competitions are held in the Auckland area during Term 2 and 3.  Students who are experience squash players are considered for competition entries in Premier or Open A Grade Students who are new or interested in squash can attend squash training sessions during the week

 

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Swimming

School Swimming Sports are held in the first two weeks of Term 1 with all students competing. Students qualify for Zone swimming champs from the school results and then need to be in the top 16 from the Zones to qualify for Auckland Champs. Saint Kentigern does not offer trainings or coaching, students who wish to compete at a higher level are encouraged to be a member of swimming clubs. 

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Table Tennis

Saint Kentigern table tennis program caters for both high achieving table tennis players and those wishing to represent the college on Friday afternoons in a team environment. 

The college has 24 international standard tables, offering excellent practice facilities and hosting the inter-college competition for East Auckland. The premier team competes at Auckland Table Tennis Stadium in Newmarket on Friday evenings, with all other teams competing at the college. Students in years 7/8 can complete in the East Auckland Intermediate Schools Competition held in Pakuranga on Wednesdays after school, also in terms 2 and 3.

Training is held every Sunday morning during terms 2 and 3 under the direction of coach Patrick Low. Patrick has had extensive coaching experience at both regional and national level, working with both juniors and adults, and is currently the Auckland Table Tennis Association coach with responsibility for schools in East Auckland.

 

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Tennis

Saint Kentigern tennis competition and programmes at the College are very comprehensive catering for both high achieving tennis players and those wishing to represent the college on Saturday mornings in a team environment. The college offers fantastic tennis facilities, with 8 lit hard courts and 2 covered astro grass courts. We are very proud of our Premier Teams record at the NZ Championships, with these teams having won 20 New Zealand Secondary School Titles over the last 15 years in all 3 divisions, boys, girls and the mixed competition.

Our students have gained many individual NZ tennis titles and have represented NZ in different age groups. Many of these players accept offers to attend U.S.A. universities on tennis scholarships on leaving the college. Over the past years 20 students have taken up this opportunity. Current NZ Davis Cup players Rubin Statham and Marcus Daniel , along with former Davis Cup representatives Mathew Simpson and Oliver Statham and Fed Cup players Kairangi Vano and Paige Hourigan all developed their tennis and represented the college at Saint Kentigern

Saturday Auckland Secondary Schools Tennis

All students, regardless of ability, have the opportunity to play and represent the college on Saturday mornings in the Auckland Secondary Schools Competition.

Players are selected into teams after trials and play Saturday mornings against differing secondary schools throughout the Auckland region.

There are 2 grades, Juniors years 9 and 10, and Seniors years 11, 12 and 13. All teams receive coaching in term 1 in which the competitions are played.

Our Coaches:

Peter Langsford. Former professional player, Davis Cup Squad member, Tennis NZ National Junior Coach 1991- 1999,Tennis NZ Fed Cup Captain 1994-1999, Tennis NZ Advisory Council 1992-1999, N.Z International Club Board member, Founding Board member Counties Manukau Sport. Peter has extensive international playing and coaching experience He was instrumental in setting up the tennis programmes in 2000 and developing them over the years into the successful programmes they are today.

Rudi Statkus: From Latvia Rudi brings international experience from a junior playing career in Europe and an extensive coaching background from Latvia’s largest tennis centres and national  junior programmes.

 

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Touch

Touch is a very popular and successful sport at the College.  Teams compete the local zone competitions for boys and girls.  All ages practice and compete in term 1 with junior grade and New Zealand Competition in term 4.  Zone competitions are held on Tuesdays afterschool locally.

Touch is a great team sport and a chance for students to use it as preseason training for their winter sport.  The college has had a huge amount of success in Touch in Auckland and New Zealand Competitions.  The boys team have placed in the top 3 in New Zealand and more recently the girls team have been Auckland Champions 2015-2018 and in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Final 5 out of the last 6 years and Champions in 2015 and 2017.  

The College enter many Junior Touch teams in term 4 and development is done from year 7 & 8 levels as well. 

 

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Volleyball

Volleyball has continued to develop with 2018 being our best season to date with the margin between schools reducing. Our Senior teams compete on Thursday in term 1 and the Juniors in term 4 across various East Auckland locations culminating in the Auckland Champs which is a 3 day tournament. 

 

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Waterpolo

Senior Water Polo trials are held in Term 1. Competition games are on Friday and Sunday evenings in Terms 1 and 2. Junior trials are held in Term 2. Competition days are on Friday and Sunday at Sacred Heart Aquatic Centre in Terms 2, 3 and 4. All team trainings are held at Sacred Heart College Aquatic Centre before school on days confirmed by the coaches.

 

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Yachting

 

Yachting at Saint Kentigern College offers a chance for experienced sailors to try their hand at Teams Racing. There is two scheduled nights per week of training at Buckland’s Beach Yacht Club during Term 1 and 4, with majority of our regattas take place during Term 1. In 2019 our team took out 2nd place at the South of the Bridge Auckland Teams Racing Regatta and we hope to continue this success into 2020. Sailing at Saint Kentigern also bolsters and supports students competing individually to a National and International standard, as well as encouraging all students to enter Auckland Secondary Schools events to compliment the training they do outside of school.

 

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Development Programme

We have also identified key sporting codes under our Development programme to ensure that these are coached to the highest level.

The Sports include cricket, football, netball, and rugby where additional training is offered during class time in Year 9 and 10. Strength and Conditioning is offered as part of this programme. Athletes involved in these programmes are chosen after trials in year 9. Inclusion in the Year 9 programme does not always guarantee a place in Year 10. There are other target sports which we concentrate on but do not offer in-class training. These sports include rowing, hockey, basketball, multisport, cycling and water polo.