Sport Priestley


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 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.


Sports Academies

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

Those who register will receive an Introductory Sport Priestley presentation and information planned trials/training sessions in September 2021.

  • Train like a professional rugby league player
  • Secure academic qualifications
  • Improve your level with Warrington Wolves’ coaches

Priestley College and Warrington Wolves’ Category 3 academy sees students train like professional players whilst also securing the academic grades that can be crucial if their rugby careers do not take off.

This dual pathway approach means you can leave the academy playing a higher level of rugby and with qualifications that can lead you to university, apprenticeships and employment.

Members of the academy will benefit in the following ways:

  • Up to 12 hours training a week
  • Working with Warrington Wolves coaches
  • Weights programme
  • Building knowledge about nutrition
  • Performance / video analysis
  • Competing in the Premiership College League
  • Opportunities to progress into Warrington Wolves’ U19s or reserve grade teams

The academy is a chance to impress for players who have not been picked up by a scholarship, are new to the game or matured physically later than their peers.

Warrington Wolves firmly supports the academy and believes it provides a great opportunity to spot potential late developers or players who have not been exposed to the sport previously.

Head of Youth Pete Riding said: “The quality of coaching is of the highest standard driven by Lee Westwood and Lee Mitchell and can only have a positive impact on the players.

“Rugby league is a late maturation sport so this pathway gives time for late developers to come through and give them an opportunity to progress.”

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.


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Former Bridgewater High School pupil Jamie received a football scholarship from North Carolina’s Combine Academy in 2020. He became the latest Priestley player to be scouted thanks to our links in America and the US tour we organise each year.

Ellie has combined a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, A-Level Psychology and Netball at Priestley. Despite a full programme she also finds time to be a fantastic volunteer and plays Goal Shooter for Warrington Town Netball Club.

   Sport Priestley Alumni

  • Mike Cooper – Warrington Wolves
  • Dec Patton – Warrington Wolves
  • Joe Philbin – Warrington Wolves
  • Caitlin Hayes – Everton Ladies
  • Shauna Coxsey – Great Britain Climbing
  • Jordan Edge – England International in Futsal
  • Emily Cooper – Great Britain Judo
  • Shannon Potter – Great Britain Alpine Skiing
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