Sport Priestley has enjoyed incredible success over the past few years.
In 2020 the Rugby Football League awarded us the UK’s first ever Dual Rugby League Development Academy accreditation in recognition of us providing a highly-successful platform for both boys and girls to play rugby at Priestley.
In 2019 our footballers were county champions and national finalists while in 2018 our basketball, volleyball, ladies’ football, swimming and rugby teams were all regional champions. Our swimmers have even competed in the London Olympic pool.
We aim to offer something for everyone in Sport Priestley whether you want to train like a professional with one of our academies or simply stay active by joining an enrichment. However you become part of the team, we are certain it will both enhance your time at college and your future prospects.
At Priestley we offer an unrivalled range of sports teams and clubs that you can join as part of your study programme, with qualified specialist coaches to bring out your best in sports including Basketball, Football, Futsal, Netball, Rugby to name but just a few.
Register your interest for any of our sports academies at Sport Priestley here – Register Interest
The honour was awarded by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) recognising the way Priestley supports students in achieving both their sporting and academic goals.
Among the 16 who have already selected for the programme are GB rowers, jujitsu athletes, swimmers, kickboxers, as well as regional Thai boxers and rugby players.
By highlighting their sporting commitments and successes, tutors will be able to offer extra support such as virtual catchup sessions to review work when a student is competing away from home.
Represent Sport Priestley
You can compete regularly in football, futsal, netball, mixed hockey, basketball, rugby, volleyball and swimming.
There are regional competitions in netball, badminton, basketball, cross country, futsal, golf, handball, football seven-a-side, hockey, rugby, swimming, table tennis and volleyball.
You could also be asked to represent the North West at the AoC Sport National Championships. Priestley has previously had swimmers, athletes, golfers, cross country runners and volleyball players at the competition.
Coaching and refereeing
Priestley offers a range of sports leader qualifications and opportunities for you to work in the community, developing your leadership skills.
We also support you in gaining refereeing experience, coaching badges and First Aid certificates and have previously helped students become ambassadors at the AOC National Championships.
* All those hoping to become a coach, mentor or official will need DBS clearance.
Trips and visits
Opportunities include a US football tour, warm weather training at La Santa in Lanzarote, outdoor adventure in the Lake District and with Manor Adventure in Lockerbie where students experience fun activities such as kayaking, climbing, ghyll scrambling, archery, to name but a few.
Sport for all
Enrichment programmes have previously included five-a-side football, kinball, table tennis, badminton, boxing, martial arts as well as gym and fitness sessions. These sessions are open to all, regardless of ability. We listen to student feedback and try to accommodate their requests, such as the development of our boxing gym sessions.