To make arrangements for your enrolment appointment, call Admissions on 01772 460 181.


Our academies and centre of excellence will give you the opportunity to combine your academic studies with playing competitively and at a very high level.


At Cardinal Newman we have Sports Academies in Netball and Basketball, and a Centre of Excellence in Football. Our Acadmies and Centre of Excellence will give you the opportunity to combine your academic studies with playing competitively and a very high level. You will be able to improve your playing skills, play against the best teams regionally and nationally, as well as apply for scholarship opportunities and placements in America.

Being part of one of the Academies or Centre of Excellence involves up to five hours of training per week which is timetabled during the normal College day. This provides the opportunity for students to maximise both their academic and sporting potential. There are also competitive matches every week. All members of the sports academies will also benefit from built in curriculum support all of their subjects, college tracksuits and gym memberships.

Membership to any Academic/Centre of Excellence is by trial only and can be combined with a full range of subjects (A Levels or BTECs). They enable students who may have previously played at town or county level to continue their development as individuals and as team players.

Other non-academy sports include Badminton, Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Hockey, Women’s Football and Rugby.



The Football First Team competes in the British Colleges’ North West Elite League, which is for the top 10% of Colleges nationally. The College has most notably been national champions twice. Head Coach Sean Hasselgrave is a former professional footballer, having played for Preston North End, Nottingham Forrest and Stoke to name a few.


The Newman Netball Academy is the envy of the region, with an outstanding track record of awards and titles under their collective belts. They have achieved un-paralleled success in recent years; remaining the top Netball college team in the North West of the country. Regionally, the College remains BCS League Champions for the fifth successive season. On a National level, the Netball Academy was the English Schools’ Under 19 National Netball Champions in 2007, 2008, 2009 and runners up in 2013. As well as British Colleges’ National Knockout Cup winners for the same three years. There are five teams in total, allowing players of all levels to take part, regardless of ability, whether it be competing in national finals or simply playing for fun against local rivals.


The Basketball Academy has been running for over 10 years and competes in the British Colleges’ North West league. The Academy won the league in 2011 and in 2012-13 the Academy finished 3rd in the BCS league and were finalists in the BCS Knockout Cup.


The Badminton Club at Cardinal Newman is open to staff and students of all abilities, whether you wish to play for fun, or want to play at a more competitive level, there is the opportunity to get involved.


There are three Hockey teams at Cardinal newman: Men’s, Women’s and mixed, who all play regularly in fixtures both nationally and locally. They train weekly on our astro-turf pitches and have a number of individual and team achievements each year, including regularly competing in the British Colleges’ Cup.

Women’s Football

The Women’s Football Team currently play in the BCS North West 7-a-side league and for the past three years have consistently been placed amongst the top ranked teams across the region. Training weekly, they also have regular league and cup matches across the North West.


Entrance to the Football Centre of Excellence, Netball Academy and Basketball Academy is by trial only – please make sure that you state at your college interview if you wish to have trial for an academy team. Entry to the Dance Academy is by audition which takes place in the September of you starting College.

You will be invited for trial if you have shown an interest at your College interview and also if you register your interest with the sports department or performing arts department at an Open Event.

Sports Leadership Awards

If you study a sport related subject, you will also have the chance to take the Community Sports Leadership Award, which is designed to enhance your prospects when moving onto higher levels in the sport industry.

AOC Sport

The College remains an active Association of Colleges (AOC) Sport member and students represent the College in a wide variety of sports. Successful students in each sport, who win their area competition, progress to the AOC National Finals at Bath University.

Students can represent the College in the following sports:

– Tennis
– Table Tennis
– Badminton
– Squash
– Volleyball
– Hockey
– Golf
– Trampolining
– 5-a-side Football
– Rugby Union
– Basketball
– Netball
– Swimming
– Cross Country
– Track and Field Athletics

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