Sport plays a significant role in the life of a Xavier student. Xavier Sport involves education through sport, about sport, and participation in sport furthering the Ignatian education philosophy of developing the whole individual.
The Sports Department provides a unique, participation-based, challenging and rewarding program for all students across the campuses.
Participation in sport at our college provides an equal opportunity for students to experience fun, enjoyment and a measure of success for all whilst participating in sporting activities commensurate to their physical, mental, social, emotional and skill development, that is from friendly competition up to elite level.
Sport, health and physical education programs are supported by the Xavier Sports Centre at the Senior Campus which includes a heated indoor pool, weight training room, two basketball/netball courts, an indoor cricket area and a total of nine outdoor floodlit synthetic tennis courts. Further to these facilities, there are a number of outdoor ovals, pitches, courts and nets which are used regularly as part of our expansive program.
Xavier is a founding member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria competition (APS). Students in Years 5 - 12 compete in the weekly competition against 11 other schools.
Xavier College has a proud Australian Rules Football history with over 120 students going on to play at the VFL/AFL level since 1899. As a College, over 750 students play weekly in the winter football season each year.
Many past coaches of the 1st XVIII have been both Old Xaverians and former AFL players. Notable Old Xaverian AFL players include Jobe Watson, Dan Hannebery and Josh Kennedy, and more recently, Willie Rioli, Jack Silvagni, Dan Howe, Billy Gowers, Sean Darcy, Bailey Smith and Laitham Vandermeer.
Sport at Xavier furthers the Ignatian education philosophy of developing the whole individual.
Middle Years Sport
Throughout the Middle Years Sport program we strive to offer a sequential and diverse range of activities to assist the students’ development of technique, skill level, game awareness, sportsmanship and encourage a lifelong love of sport.
Within the program students participate in a specified weekly training session under the guidance of high level coaches who provide specific feedback to assist individual and team performance.
Students have access to the School Sport Victoria pathways programs allowing an entry point into elite state competitions. This is in addition to the weekly competition within the APS competition that ensures a high level of competition and outstanding facilities.
The Sport program at Early Years is one of depth and diversity, with many offerings that ignite the enthusiasm of the students. From the summer favourites of cricket, tennis and hip-hop dance through to the winter staples of football, netball, soccer and basketball, all students from Foundation through to Year 4, have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of engaging activities.
Sport at the Early Years is designed to develop each student to their fullest capacity in terms of their fundamental motor skills, game-sense and fitness. Importantly, this is all done in an environment that is fun, inclusive and student-focussed.
The Early Years Sports program is also intended to prepare the students for their future sporting pursuits for when they enter the Middle Years. In addition to this, there are opportunities for the students to represent the school at APS athletics, cross country and swimming.