At Parade College, Sport is a key vehicle for fostering students’ spirituality and the Edmund Rice charism. Whilst pursuing their passion for Sport, the sporting arena provides an opportunity where students can actively learn and practise gospel values such as solidarity, inclusion, justice and the virtue of striving for excellence.
Key objectives of Sport at Parade College
Provide opportunities for all students to gain an appreciation of the fundamental principles of physical activity, a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of team sport
Actively promote and strengthen school spirit, camaraderie and the development of enduring friendships through student involvement in sports programs
Offer specifically tailored programs and opportunities to students who are passionate about sport and wish to explore elite pathways
Provide top quality coaching and leadership through our experienced team of sports staff, supplemented by partnerships with elite sporting bodies and specialist coaching consultants
Fully utilise the outstanding on-site sports facilities at Parade College
Our General Sport programs include (but are not limited to)
Timetabled Physical Education and weekly Sport is accessible to all students in the Junior levels, ensuring that all Paradians have access to sporting opportunities at the College.
ACC Sport: Parade fields sports teams in Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country, Football (AFL), Soccer, Cricket, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Hockey, Badminton, Golf and Lawn Bowls in the Association of Catholic Colleges (ACC). The ACC is a strong and well-established association (formally formed in 1948, although informal competition pre-dates this), that provides excellent weekday competition for students at all year levels, throughout the year. In addition, we field teams in state and national competitions as the opportunity arises.
Elite Pathway programs include (but are not limited to)
At Parade, we seek to provide specialist programs that capture the enthusiasm and passion that our students have for sport and can assist in preparing them for elite pathways and competition. While it is hoped that students involved in these programs will excel in sport (as many here have done so before), perhaps more importantly these sporting programs seek to teach students about high performance approaches, which are transferable to broader study, relationships and life in general.
Specialist High Performance Sport Stream
This program commences at Year 8 level. Students in this stream benefit from timetabled sport classes where they can hone their skills in their chosen sport/s and learn more about the physical and mental processes required for High Performance.
The Senior Sport Academy
Provides an opportunity to extend students in the High Performance Stream who choose a VCAL pathway in the senior years and wish to continue focussing on careers in the sport industry. Upon successful graduation from Parade, Academy graduates can gain Certificate level qualifications and, through a unique partnership with La Trobe University, can gain direct access into the following Bachelor degrees in related fields:
Manchester City FootballSchool Commencing in Year 7, students accepted into the Manchester City Football School receive instruction from a Manchester City coach who is employed fulltime at Parade College. Students in the Manchester City Football School are trained in the same manner as elite Juniors worldwide who participate in Manchester City feeder programs. The Manchester City Football School is incorporated into students’ daily timetables. More broadly, students across the entire football and high-performance programs benefit from direct access to the Manchester City Coach.
Parade Sport Institute (at the Preston Campus) A specialist elite sport preparation program, that is accessible to students from Year 7, the Parade Sport Institute is focussed on developing the principles for High Performance, including strength and conditioning fundamentals, that will enable athletes to adapt to elite level training loads.
At Parade College we are blessed with state-of-the art modern sports facilities and vast open spaces. Facilities include:
The recently opened Waterford Precinct, which includes a world-class FIFA approved synthetic soccer pitch, and dedicated elite standard AFL oval, serviced by a modern pavilion which is ideal for viewing and functions.
2 dedicated High Performance training fitness centres
A synthetic Athletics training track
3 indoor Basketball courts, with capacity for stadium seating on the show court
3 Ovals: two for Cricket and one for AFL
3 synthetic Soccer pitches and indoor Soccer facilities
A synthetic Hockey field
6 Tennis courts
7 Volleyball courts
5 enclosed practice Cricket nets
6 Badminton Courts and scope for onsite Table Tennis