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Sports Academies

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 Academies and Centre of Excellence will give you the opportunity to combine your academic studies with playing competitively and at 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 incorporated into your timetable 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 for all of their subjects, college tracksuits and free gym memberships.

Membership to any Academic/Centre of Excellence is by trial only and can be combined with a full range of A Level and/or BTEC subjects. 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.


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 a 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 a trial if you have shown an interest at your College interview and if you register your interest with the sports department or performing arts department at an Open Event.



The Football First Team competes in the Association of Colleges (AOC) North West Elite League, which is for the top 10% of Colleges nationally. The College has most notably been national champions twice and were AOC League Champions in 2018. One of our Coaches Alan Moore is a former professional footballer, having played for the Republic of Ireland, Middlesbrough and Burnley.


The Newman Netball Academy has 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 AOC League Champions for the fifth successive season. On a National level, the Netball Academy was the English Schools’ Under 19 National Netball Champions for 3 years in a row, as well as AOC National Knockout Cup winners for the same three years. Last year, two students were selected to play for the GB National Squad.

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 AOC North West Men’s league. The Academy have previously won the league 3 years in a row.  This year the Academy are competing in the AOC National Basketball Men’s 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 at a more competitive level. Students have competed in the National Finals for the last 5 years.


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 AOC Cup. Individual successses include students being selected to play for the GB National Squad and in 2018 Rachel Greenwood took up a scholarship at Havard University in America to play for the University Hockey Team. Read more about Rachel here.

Women’s Football

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

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 Nottingham University.

Students can represent the College in the following sports:

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


TELEPHONE: 01772 460181

Cardinal Newman College,
Lark Hill Road, Preston, Lancashire. PR1 4HD