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About Pulman Park Sports Academy

The Pulman Park Sports Academy has had a successful partnership with a number of the local Secondary Schools who have nominated high performing athletes to the programme each year.  The most well known athlete to date is Kieran Read who came to us through Rosehill College. 

Schools that are currently involved in the programme include; Rosehill College, Sancta Maria College, Strathallan College and Alfriston College.  The Academy is a two year commitment for students.

The Pulman Park Sports Academy programme aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of potential elite athletes, interested in pursuing a career in their sport at both a domestic and international level.

All students will develop foundation knowledge in sport science, and will acquire the ability to operate at an advanced level in training and competition.  The central purpose of the Pulman Park School Sport Academy Program is to provide a fully structured approach to the nurturing and growth of young athletes.  It is our belief that programmes of quality ensure all participants are given adequate time and every opportunity to improve their sports performance through knowledge, understanding and self-awareness.

To this effect, there is an overwhelming emphasis on active participation and participant involvement throughout the programme, giving it a strongly applied focus.  Participants are encouraged to critically evaluate themselves and their practice within the context of the programme.  A high level of applied understanding of the principles associated with the science and personal management of sport performance is integrated into the program. This emphasis best prepares students for future careers in sport, where the ability to function efficiently and autonomously is paramount to ultimate success.

The Programme Philosophy

Pulman Park is committed to, and active in, the provision of high quality education that prepares all attendees to be not only academically and technically competent members of a demanding and changing professional community (including corporate, school and sport), but also effective communicators in the wider society. 

What Kieran Read has to say about our Academy

It’s an opportunity I’m glad I took and it’s an opportunity to grab with both hands.  There’s a lot of  information that you can take on board and it took my performance up that little bit, which I needed to get me to the next level in my sport.”  Kieran Read, All Blacks Captain

How do you apply?

To apply students must submit their application through their School Sports Co-ordinator. 

2018 Application Form

Applications close 23 February 2018.

For further information, please contact Simon Kent on


Who is Simon Kent?

Simon has over 15 years International experience as a Coach, Coach Developer and High Performance Director in both professional and community sport.  Read more ...

Introducing our 2018 Academy

Year 1

Erica Lim - Athletics, Sancta Maria Catholic College

Jade Faulkner - Football, Sancta Maria Catholic College

Zachary Saunders - Athletics, Sancta Maria Catholic College

Angelo Matanguihan - Basketball, Sancta Maria Catholic College

Anabel Maddock - Rowing, ACG Strathallan

Reuben Joyce - Basketball, ACG Strathallan

Callum McNally - Rowing, ACG Strathallan

Paris Boyce-Bacon - Aerobics, Rosehill College

Sione Tomu - Rugby Union / Athletics, Papakura High School

Ana Fakahoamotu - Rugby Union, Papakura High School

Brody Stansfield-Olthof - Gymnastics, Alfriston College

Kina Kepu - Rugby League, Aorere College

Valingi Kepu - Rugby League, Aorere College

Year 2

Grace Schroder - Rhythmic Gymnastics, ACG Strathallan

Hannah Ralph-Smith - Netball, Sancta Maria Catholic College

Carlene Smith - Rhythmic Gymnastics, Rosehill College

Anna Faulkner - Triathlon, Sancta Maria Catholic College

Caitlin Rarity - Tennis, Sancta Maria Catholic College

Hannah Cardno - Hockey