Sport at Scotch is an inclusive and diverse sports provision for individuals and teams across a range of sports for all ages and all abilities.
We offer a wide and varied sports programme that provides competitive and recreational opportunities for students of all levels – from enthusiasts to elite athletes – to ensure that our students lead healthy and fulfilling lives at School and beyond.
Physical and emotional safety is the number one priority for our coaching team. It is the underlying focus for all of the sports systems, structures and programs that are implemented by our coaching staff, to ensure that the development of the individual is paramount.
We strongly believe in the educational value of training to work as part of a team, competing according to individual levels of attainment, and the personal development that the process of winning and losing can provide.
Our students enjoy an outstanding record of success at local, regional and national levels. At any one time, a significant number of our boys and girls are representing their state or country in their chosen sport.
Summer: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball (Girls), Cricket, Rowing, Tennis, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
Winter: Netball, Cross Country, Football, Hockey, Soccer, Basketball (Boys)
Sports participation is built from a solid foundation in Junior School. Our five-stage sporting pyramid allows students to experience and progress through each stage of development and ability level at their own pace.
At its base, a focus is placed on the fundamental skills in each the sport. These skills are built through both the PE curriculum and co-curricular programmes, where athletes have the opportunity to move from participation to high performance.
We build on strengths and explore areas for development in each student. Each student is guided and supported to make their experience in sport rewarding and fulfilling.
Our objectives for sport are to ensure that all students to feel they belong, are improving in their fitness, skills and knowledge about themselves and sport and are challenged regardless of skill level and ambition.
Scotch students should have fun in physical activity, learn and demonstrate sportsmanship, teamwork and respect for rivals at the highest standard possible, have the opportunity to participate in a school team, and ensure that sport contributes positively to the social and academic development of our students.
Supporting High Achieving Athletes
We provide support and guidance for our high achieving athletes across a range of sports in Years 7-12.
The underlying philosophy is to assist students to achieve their sporting dreams, whilst supporting them at school.
In Year 10-12 the focus is specifically on first team athletes, where sports specific technology is used (in some sports) to monitor and analyse performance.
Scotch has excellent links with elite coaching staff with the Adelaide Crows, Port Power, Hockey SA and Adelaide Thunderbirds.
These clubs run a variety of practical and analysis sessions during the season for our High Performance athletes.
“Scotch sport gave me the opportunity to thrive outside of the classroom, providing an inclusive, supportive and fun environment, focussed on student participation and enjoyment.
“The vital life skills of teamwork, sportsmanship and hard work were instilled in me through my involvement in Scotch sport.
“These life lessons permitted me to thrive in the classroom, translating to academic success, perseverance and an ability to balance my schoolwork, sport and social life.”
Sophie Casey (’22)
Student Leadership & Community Engagement
Over 90% of our students are involved with sport during their time at the College. Many continue after school through participation in Old Collegians teams.
Our Student Sports Committee runs an enjoyable, and at times fiercely competitive, inter-House sports competition, and supports the Collegiate Cup program. This program is against other like independent schools. Their input on a range of matters ensures that our provision is strengthened and addresses student needs.
We link sport with service opportunities to give greater purpose for our efforts.
We have relationships with many high quality external providers in the University sector, Tennis Australia, SASI, AFL and SANFL organisations. It is through these connections that students become aware of the integral role sport plays in the community and our lives.
Students who would like to pursue coaching after school can participate in the Sports Coaching Certificate III. We acknowledge a significant amount of student growth can occur through avenues other than playing.
We gauge our success by realising individual engagement and love of sport post school.
Scotch College is pleased to offer Community Sports where possible. The Equestrian program will run on both Torrens Park and Mitcham Campuses. Community sports can be accessed by students as an additional offering to School Sport. Students from Year 2 onwards choosing to undertake a Community Sport are still expected to be involved in a School sport, which they partake in when their Community Sport isn’t scheduled.