Sport at Joeys
St Joseph’s College prides itself on providing students with a well-rounded, balanced education, focusing on boys’ academic, physical, social, spiritual and recreation needs. Sport is integral to that mission. At Joeys, sport prepares boys to be fit for life. It develops character, integrity and resilience, qualities boys need to make a positive contribution to society. It shows them how to cope with adversity and behave with dignity when they win.
Joeys offers a wide variety of sports and sporting competitions throughout the year. All students participate in a summer and winter sport of their choice and benefit from working with the College’s experienced coaches and a comprehensive strength and conditioning program. Joeys welcomes boys of all sporting abilities. They are encouraged to perform at their best, but most of all they are encouraged to enjoy themselves on the sporting field. Joeys excellent facilities are available to all boys.
The College is a founding member of the Athletic Association of Great Public Schools (AAGPS). Most sports are contested among the nine member schools and boys have the opportunity to represent the College at their own level of expertise.
The College’s sporting anthem is You’ll Never Walk Alone. It encapsulates the collaborative spirit that is Joeys hallmark on and off the field.
At Joeys, sport is a vehicle for communicating life values that will last well beyond school years. Teamwork, leadership, respect and resilience are the hallmarks of all Joeys sporting sides and competitors. The famous College maxim “our playing fields are an extension of the classroom” means boys approach sport with the same discipline and dedication they apply to their studies. At Joeys, sport prepares students for life.
It also promotes a healthy life. Boys who are physically active and engaged are better equipped to deal with the challenges they face. Exercise has been shown to improve mental wellbeing and increase a boy’s capacity for happiness.
That is why sport is compulsory at the College. In an age where teenage boys are increasingly glued to computer and phone screens, sport provides an antidote to passivity and frees boys to explore their full physical potential.
The pursuit of excellence underpins all College endeavours. At Joeys, it does not necessarily mean beating the opposition, it means beating your personal best and always adhering to the College motto: striving for better things. It is in striving on the rugby field, tennis court or cricket pitch that boys learn perseverance, the value of hard work and the reward it brings.
Joeys has a hard-earned reputation for developing some of Australia’s best sporting talents, but as a Marist College, the values of modesty and humility are paramount. Boys are encouraged to live these principles by practising good sportsmanship, avoiding showy ostentation and respecting opponents. Grace always – in both victory and defeat.
Perhaps the greatest embodiment of the Joeys approach to sport is in the high priority placed on teamwork. Boys play alongside each other – forming new friendships and developing trust – as they come to the realisation that a star team always trumps a team of stars. It is a lesson that is increasingly played out in work places across the country, as the capacity to relate and connect with colleagues – to be a team player – becomes more and more important.
Above all, Joeys sport is for everyone. It is an integral part of a broad education that seeks to produce well-rounded individuals who are equipped to take their place in the world with confidence and conviction. It is designed, as St Paul said, to help students “fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith”.
Sports on offer
AFL (subject to interest)
Strength and Conditioning
Surf Life Saving
Strength and Conditioning
Coaching and training
Whether they are in the As or the Gs, the same dedication, sportsmanship and pride in achievement is expected from both student and coach. Joeys ensures all boys, irrespective of ability, have equal access to first-rate facilities and mentoring.
Our coaches bring a caring, professional attitude to their job. They aim to draw out the best in every boy by fostering a spirit of enjoyment and camaraderie and setting goals that challenge and inspire.
Through regular practice sessions, students get the coaching they need to excel and have fun at the sport they love.
Above all, our training and coaching program nurtures the development of fit and healthy young men and equips them for effective competition on the sporting field.