Sport at St Bede’s has historically been and continues to be, a key aspect of College life.  At St Bede’s College, we are incredibly proud that in excess of 85% of our young men are engaged in any of our 33 co-curricular activities for sport.  We run six sports in the College as Clubs under the school umbrella of the Sports Executive. The Clubs are Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Rowing, Rugby and Water Polo. Parents are encouraged to be active members of these clubs. For more information about sports at St Bede’s consult the Sports Handbook.  More info about Wednesday sport can be found here.

Summer Sports:

Athletics, Cricket, Cycling, Futsal, Golf, Indoor Football, Lawn Bowls, Mountain Biking, Multi Sport, Rowing, Softball, Surfing, Swimming, Touch, Tennis, Volleyball and Waterpolo.

Winter Sports:

Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Cross-Country, Cycling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Ice Hockey, Indoor Cricket, Rugby, Skiing/Snowboarding, Small Bore Shooting, Squash and Table Tennis.



Basketball is one of our major winter sports at St Bede’s and we have the following teams playing in Canterbury Basketball Association competitions

* the Senior A team play in the Thompson Trophy inter-schools competition on a Tuesday evening

* two Under 17 teams that play in the CBA under 17 competition on a Saturday morning

* Checkers-St Bede’s Under 20 team playing in the CBA club competition on a Saturday afternoon

In will addition, the College has 15 teams of boys who play in the Friday evening School Sport Canterbury social league.

St Bede’s also sends teams to the Junior and Senior High School tournaments each year.

Basketball is played April to September and trainings for each team generally occurs twice a week. Senior boys are also expected to attend additional fitness and shooting sessions to improve overall fitness levels.

The Basketball Club committee meet monthly. We welcome anyone interested in assisting in any capacity. Details of meetings are posted on the Club Facebook page.

The AGM is open to all, see the school newsletter for full details. Our club abides by the St Bede’s College code of conduct and all players must be registered, fully paid up and wear the uniform for all games.

For further information about basketball at St Bede’s please check out our club website.

Friday basketball



The St Bedes College Cricket Club has over 140 members with 13 teams entered in the Christchurch Metro Cricket competitions. Ben McCord is our Director of Cricket and he leads a team of qualified coaches who are assigned to every team from the Club.  Teams practice twice weekly and utilise the new Cricket Practice centre developed in collaboration with the North West Christchurch Community Sporting Trust.  The cricket season is for the calendar year. Once a player has committed to a SBC Cricket side in January, they are committed to that side until the end of that season – the following December.

Cricket Club Contacts

 Chairman  Bruce Devlin
 Treasurer  Jenny Stirling
 Secretary  Lia Poumaka
 Director of Cricket  Ben McCord
 Cricket Co-ordinator  Lisa McGregor
 St Bede’s Director of Sport  Clare Kissick

Football (Soccer)


Football (Soccer) is played April to August on Saturday mornings and training generally occurs twice a week depending on coach and facility availability on the two football pitches located on the back playing fields.  We warmly welcome all new players. Where practical we enter teams into higher divisions so the players experience better competition therefore helping us to develop quality. There are some coaching and managing positions available and we rely on parents and volunteers to help us out, so if you can contribute in any way we would welcome your assistance.


The Football Club committee meet monthly in the college boardroom one evening per month. We welcome anyone interested in assisting in any capacity.

The AGM is open to all, see the school newsletter for full details. Our club abides by the St Bede’s College code of conduct and all players must be registered, fully paid up and wear the uniform for all games.


The total cost of registration is $130 for one player. This drops to $110 per player if you have two or more children in the club. Payment is by cash, cheque or internet banking.  Registration forms can be obtained from the director of sports office at school.

Playing uniform

A team playing shirt is provided for the season. These are to be handed back at the end of the season. If the shirt is not returned, there will be a charge of $50.  All teams other than the 1st XI play in their black PE shorts.
With the exclusion of the 1st XI all players are to wear plain black football socks which can be purchased from the school shop at a cost of $20 a pair.All players must wear shin pads during games and also to training.

1st XI

The 1st XI competition is played on a Wednesday for all secondary schools, so that players can play club football on a Saturday. 

The 1st XI coaches will advise these players on what they are required to purchase. There are additional costs for this group as they are our premier team and must be seen to be well attired and represent our school with distinction.  1st XI also attends a national tournament during winter tournament week, venue decided each year by Football New Zealand.



St Bede’s College Hockey Club has 4 playing teams at various levels in the Canterbury Hockey Association Competition on a Friday night. 

St Bede’s College hosts Marist Park Hockey pitch, an international full sized water based turf and has been developed in conjunction with the North West Trust. 

1st XI

1st XI in 2019 won India Shield and now compete in Rankin Cup along with the top secondary schools in the country in Winter Tournament week. 

Marist Hockey

St Bede’s College has a strong alliance with Marist Hockey Club which is a pathway for our players to play senior men’s hockey.

Required Uniform Hockey tops and shorts will be provided. Suitable turf shoes, shin pads and mouth guards will need to be provided by students.

Contact Clare Kissick, 021 220 3718, St Bede’s Sports Coordinator.




St Bede’s College has been involved in rowing for over fifty years and currently has 20 boys actively participating in the sport. The discipline and dedication that the boys gain through their involvement in rowing will be with them for the rest of their lives.

St Bede’s Rowing Committee is responsible for all organisational aspects of the sport. This includes coaching, travel, accommodation, fund raising, food, uniforms and plant maintenance and replacement. The Committee ensures that all boys have every opportunity to excel at rowing to their highest ability.

Parents are required to help with various tasks to transport, accomodate and feed boys at regattas.

The head coach is Dale Maher who has rowed for NZ and has a wealth of experience coaching rowing at a national level. 


Registration Form 2021

Rugby is a major sporting code at the College with well over 300 students playing in the following grades: U13 (Weight Grade), U14, U15, U16, U18 and The Crusaders Press Cup Grade. Depending on numbers, we may have up to three teams in each grade at various divisions.

Pre-season skills, conditioning training and team trials will occur at various days during term one but these are designed not to interfere with summer sports.

The Canterbury Rugby Football Union has published Codes of Conduct players and parents and supporters and coaches and administrators.

Players are advised to check the preseason schedule posted on the English Office window for details of preseason skills and conditioning sessions held after school for those players who are not involved in summer sport.

For up to date information please go to the St Bede’s College  Rugby website or the Rugby Facebook page

SBC Rugby contacts

– Mrs Clare Kissick, Director of Sport (
– Mr Mark Ealey, Rugby Development Officer and Director of the International Rugby Programme ( Also refer to the International Rugby Programme on this page. 

Required Uniform

The College Shop sells Rugby Uniform items as follows:
SBC Rugby Jersey,
SBC Rugby Shorts,
SBC Rugby Socks,
Optional extra: Black SBC thermal to wear under the jersey:
Rugby boots, head gear and shoulder pads are to be provided by students. Students will be given a mouth guard. 

Rugby FAQs

For a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers HERE.


The International Rugby Programme (IRP)


The International Rugby Programme is designed to provide incoming rugby players with an exceptional opportunity to develop their potential to the maximum extent possible.

It includes:
• four skills sessions a week (run/catch/pass, contact, defence and decision-making)
• weight training (3 times a week)
• speed & agility sessions
• ball games
• core stability session
• English (7 hours including some rugby-related activities)
• those who speak good English may request permission to do two streams of regular academic classes.

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St Bede’s College IRP Contact:

Mark Ealey, Director of International Rugby Programme:

Programme Dates

Full Programme: 22 weeks: Third week of March to third week of August.

Accommodation and Meals

Boys stay in the Boarding House and girls are in home stays.
Three meals are provided each day in both arrangements.

Local Support

A member of the International Division staff will provide close support to ensure that the player’s physical and mental well-being is given priority. Detailed orientation is provided after arrival in Christchurch and ongoing support is offered to help students settle into the school and their home stays.

Rugby Teams

Boys: Depending upon the player’s ability, the boys play in the 1st XV, or an age-grade team. Only two foreign players can play in the 1st XV. These teams train twice a week after school with a game played on Saturdays. A player here for the full programme will participate in about 20 games.
Girls: Play for a combined team which practises once a week and plays on Wednesdays after school and/or for a local senior women’s club team that plays on Saturdays and practises twice a week in the evening. Playing for a club is optional.

Michael Leitch, (Chiefs NZ; Sunwolves, Japan)

I firmly believe that studying abroad helps cultivate a strong character. While abroad, in addition to all the enjoyable situations, at times you will be uncomfortable – you will find yourself in unfamiliar situations, outside your comfort zone. As a result, you must learn to adapt and cope with your surroundings. Not only do you learn to survive away from home, but more importantly, you learn how to get yourself through tough times. With the world becoming so much more competitive, such resilience is vital for your future – the ability to adapt to the abnormal, understanding different cultures, how to be flexible, how to communicate and how to be independent – things that cannot be seen on certificates or bought. They are gained from experience, so time out of your comfort zone in an appropriate environment is the key. These skills will help you do well in life.

The International Rugby Programme is a great way to for a young person to gain experiences that build solid life skills. The St. Bede’s College International Rugby Programme is second to none, both in terms of content and player support, and Christchurch has one of the most competitive schoolboy competitions in NZ. St. Bede’s College is where I played my high school rugby in New Zealand and where, by meeting players in the early years of the IRP, I developed my interest in Japan. It is where the early stages of my rugby career took off. I wish all those involved in the St. Bede’s College International Rugby Programme well and encourage young rugby players to challenge themselves on the same fields that I played on 15 or more years ago.

セント・ビーヅ・カレッジ・インターナショナルラグビープログラムは、内容と選手サポートの両面で、どの学校にも劣りません。カンタベリーは、ニュージーランドで最も高校ラグビーのリーグレベルが高い地域です。セント・ビーヅ・カレッジは、私の母校でラグビーをした場所でもあり、ラグビープログラムの早期に多くの日本人選手達に出会い、日本に興味を持ちました。それは、私のラグビーキャリアの初期段階が始まったところです。 このインターナショナルラグビープログラムが順調に運び、若いラグビー選手達が、私が15年以上前にラグビーをした同じ学校でチャレンジする事を奨励します。

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