Football is the most popular GPS Winter Sport dating back to 1988 played over Term 2 and Term 3. Sydney Boys High is unique as it is not only an academic selective school it is also the only public school among the nine members of the Athletics Association of Great Public Schools (AAGPS) - which means we are part of an exclusive group that competes at all levels in a variety of sports and activities and is arguably one of the highest standard school boys sport competitions in the world. High has won the GPS football premiership on three occasions: 1991, 1993 and 1995. We also compete in the very competitive CHS Football Knockout Tournament winning the South East Region in 2014.
Known as ‘The World Game’, football is far and away the biggest sport globally and it requires a unique balance of technique, effort and discipline. These attributes transfer off the pitch and into the classroom, with studies showing boys who commit to extra-curricular activities such as football are better prepared and disciplined for school work and the HSC.
Football is a particularly demanding sport that requires great technical skill and physical endurance. We aim to produce well rounded young men and realise maximum enjoyment for all involved and showing respect for each other, promoting the values of team work, co-operation and leadership. In addition football helps young men learn to accept both success and failure graciously; they become aware of the need to co-operate with others, using the best qualities of each individual to contribute to the greater advantage of the whole group; the importance of time management; personal effort; commitment; goal setting; self-discipline and cooperation. Sydney Boys High values Football because of the life lessons learnt as we are concerned with the development of the whole person, turning our young boys into young men.
Football at SBHS has moved into an exciting era where focus within the coaching structure for each age group for all players have access to highly qualified football coaches and nine playing fields for training sessions. A sequential plan has been developed with a long term development of the player being the number one priority. We are committed in providing a “football education” to all players through their years in representing the college no matter what age group or ability level. This involves equipment for each team accompanied by an accredited football coach implementing a positive and enjoyable environment. A coach imparts knowledge of the game, match strategy and the all-important technical skills needed to perform well. Well-equipped football kits are essential to effective training and match play. We all know that if our boys play well and are competitive, they also enjoy their sport more.
In recognition of the importance of access to good coaching and equipment it is expected from them, in the training and the football program, to help create a successful culture. All teams are involved in 2-4 compulsory training sessions including their Saturday fixture. The 1st and 2nd XI teams have additional Pilates sessions once a week. Preparation for the Football program, our trial matches and the GPS Football competition is a major commitment for the student that extends from January through to September. The focus of the football program is working on their fitness, technical skills as well as team work. Additional sessions, focusing on speed, agility and strength, are undertaken by individuals at times outside normal team training sessions.
Matches are played on well prepared fields and are of the highest standard that are well equipped with football change rooms, toilets, post, nets, corner post and two large tents - like our home ground in Centennial Park, McKay No. 4. Fixtures and ground locations will be posted on the website in the calendar section during the week. We also have a Twitter account to provide the football community with score updates and wet weather cancellations.
During the autumn holidays our 1st XI compete in the Kanga Cup down in Canberra and the U16As compete in the annual St Andrew’s Cup. June features the annual exchange visit from Melbourne High School whereby our top year 11 and year 10 students combine to represent the college and play in two friendly matches. Additionally our 1st XI participates in the annual CHS Knockout Tournament.
Currently at High, we have 500 footballers in 33 teams. Each team is provided with a coach that has accreditation in football coaching and refereeing. Additionally we have provided our footballers with specialist coaching in goalkeeping, strength and conditioning and Pilates for our 1st and 2nd XI players. This season we have recruited Tony Dunn as our Football Coaching coordinator. Tony owns and runs a Football Academy called Aussieroos. With over 25 years of experience in coaching 1000’s of players from beginners to international level with a great deal of success. Tony is affiliated with Celtic Football Club and in the Autumn Holidays Celtic Football Academy come and conduct a training day for all our players. We have also recruited a sports physiotherapist to attend all 1st and 2nd XI matches on Saturday’s to help with injuries and then on Monday mornings to assess students for the week.
Part of strengthening the development of our footballers we encourage many of our players to be involved in a football club. Although we make players playing for the school a priority, we do believe playing with players who are highly skilled will help gain invaluable experience and improve the quality of football at SBHS. High regularly have players selected for the combined GPS Football. There is now a strong pathway through GPS for representative football going from the Combined GPS to CIS to NSW to Australia.
It is our primary concern that this culture is sustained and that the footballers continue to excel and enjoy this “world game” whilst building lifelong friendships. This has been a result from preparing our boys with good coaching, and a support structure from our parents and staff. We encourage our boys to develop their leadership skills and appreciation of the game off the field, by being mentors for the juniors and turning up and watching the lower grade fixtures before their own match.
High Football Family
All parents are encouraged to become actively involved by joining the Football Committee to help shape the direction of the football program. It is staffed and run by parents for the purpose of improving all boys’ enjoyment of football at High. A major source of income for the football program is parking for sporting fixtures at the SCG and SFS. Volunteers are always welcome and award scheme points can be earned by boys who choose to help out. If your son is involved in the 1st or 2nd XI team parents are obliged to help with catering for after the day’s play that involves an afternoon tea provided by the hosting school as well as the annual End of Season Football Awards Night.