We encourage students to participate in a variety of sports whilst at college.

As a sports department, we endeavour to offer a large number of sporting codes to a wide range of students. If a particular sport is not offered, we will attempt to provide an opportunity for that student to represent BDSC in that sport.

We have a High-Performance Programme providing specialised testing, goal setting, and daily training for select athletes.

(excludes Netball and Rugby) See below…


We offer quality education to further develop future sports leaders and regional national representatives. If you’re a young sportsperson who has proven themselves in your chosen sport, you may apply. Applications for 2020 closed Wednesday 4 September 2019.

Sports are offered all year round with Summer Sport being played in Terms 1 and 4, and Winter Sport in Terms 2 and 3.

Sporting Events

Every year Botany Downs Secondary College offers college-wide events in which every student is expected to compete. These events are Athletics and Cross Country. Both events are held in the first half of the year. Students who excel in either of these events have the opportunity to represent the college at regional and national events.

Sports Tournament Week is held during Term 3 where our top Netball, Hockey, and Football teams compete. These are always a highlight of the year for our teams after a tough, long season.

Our annual Sports Awards dinner is held later in the year. This is a great opportunity for the Sports Department to recognise our top teams, coaches, managers and individual students who have represented the college. Our big sporting codes also have individual prize-giving awards for all teams.

Picnic Day is a fun event held for Years 9 and 10 students in the last week of the school year.

If you have any questions or are able to help our teams in any way…

We have dedicated staff to help drive and support the co-curricular programme, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ms Rachel Scott,   ext. #226
Mr John Samuel,   ext. #219
Miss Anna Peterson,   ext. #344

Director of Sports: Mr Karl McLennan,   ext. #475



After the colleges annual Athletics day, which is held very early in Term 1, our best athletes are selected to represent Botany Downs Secondary College at various competitions in the Auckland and Counties Manukau region. If they are successful at these events, there are national events which our students may be eligible for.


Baseball is on the rise after winning the inaugural New Zealand Baseball Tournament in 2011. Since this success, we have had an influx of participation. We are also proud of the students who have had the opportunity to represent at Regional, gain National Honours and achieve US Scholarships.

The Interschool Competition is held in Term 1 and 4, both available to boys and girls of junior and senior grades.


We have a number of teams available which includes 1st XI, 2nd XI, 3rd XI, Colt’s Team (consisting of Year 9 and 10), Junior Boys (Year 9 only) and 1st XI Girls.

With the current promotions we have had with our 1st XI Boys and 1st XI Girl’s, student involvement in cricket has been fantastic.

As well as competing in the Saturday Auckland Interschool Competition, our top teams also contend for the Gillette Cup, NZCT Junior and 1st XI Girl’s Tournament.

We have a cricket academy during winter which is open to all players. Senior’s and Junior’s play in Term 1 and Term 4.


This opportunity is only available for individuals with their own horses who want to compete at Botany Downs Secondary College. Our riders in the past have competed in both Cross Country and Dressage events. Most events take place during Term 1. Due to the nature of the event, we are always grateful for parent help in managing this event.


Botany Downs Secondary College usually enters two teams into the Auckland Schools Golf competition. Although we do encourage those players who are already registered and have a handicap, we can often accommodate those who are new to the sport as well.

Our college is a top competitor at the Auckland Secondary Schools Regional Stroke Play Championship in which we won the girl’s title in 2012 and came runner-up in 2013.

Lawn Bowls

As we have some great swimmers at our college, we often have the opportunity to enter a team in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship which is a three-day tournament. Any students wishing to be considered for a team will need to contact the sports department. Swimmers race in both individual and medley events.

Tag Football

Tennis is offered as both a competitive and social sport at Botany Downs Secondary College. The competitive season runs through Term 1 and 4 and is available for all age groups and abilities. Depending on the level of the competition, it will be against local and Auckland wide teams with both home and away games being scheduled.

The Champion of Champions tennis tournament is an opportunity for our top level players to represent Botany College in both singles and doubles in their respective age groups. This is a very tough one-day tournament is against some of the best players in Auckland.

Social tennis is offered one day after college for all of those players interested in tennis, however, do not want to compete for the college. Tennis rackets and balls are provided for those who do not have their own.


Touch has always been popular at Botany Downs Secondary College. Term 1 offers Senior Girls, Boys and Mix and Term 4 Junior Girls and Boys.

The competition is held on a Tuesday afternoon at Macleans College.

We have had students reach regional and National honours. In recent years we have had great success with our Mix, Senior and Junior Girl’s teams winning the Eastern Zone Interschool competition and competing at Regional’s and Nationals.

To prepare for Nationals, teams will play at the local Pakuranga Rugby Club Summer Competition and for the past few years have travelled to Australia to compete in the Queensland All Schools Touch Tournament.

Triathlon, Aquathon and Duathlon

Botany Downs Secondary College currently does not have a Multisport ‘team/squad’, but these sports are available to individuals who wish to compete. In past years we have always had a small number of students that represent the college at Auckland wide events.

Ultimate Frisbee

Volleyball is available to our Senior boys and girls in Term 1 and Juniors boys and girls in Term 4.



Badminton is another one of our very popular sporting codes in the college with large numbers of students turning up to trials every year. We compete in the A and C Grade at the Eastern School Competition held at the Lloyd Elsmore Badminton hall Friday after college. We have been consistent in achieving or finishing top three for either grade.


We love basketball here at Botany Downs Secondary College. Trials at the beginning of the year bring many students hoping to make the grade and selection in a college team, sometimes there are 40-50 players vying for 10 spots on a team.

We take steps every year to make our Basketball programme better and stronger. The students are great to coach, reliable and committed. We believe in playing hard and playing ‘team basketball’ where we encourage students to play basketball that exceeds the sum of the players’ individual talents. At Botany we also believe that Basketball can teach students about life, none more so than in reacting to the outcomes of games, we like the simple wisdom of ‘humble in victory and gracious in defeat’ as a timeless principle and model for coming to terms with the ups and downs of competitive sport.

We have teams in all competitive leagues; U15 Boys and Girls, U17 Boys and Girls and U19 Boys and Girls (our U19 Boys play in Open Grade).

Cross Country / Road Running

With eight football teams in the college, it is easy to see that football is one of Botany’s popular sports.

Our 1st XI Girls play in the Auckland Premier Grade, the top competition in Auckland and qualify for the National Football Tournament every year.

Our 1st XI Boys team play in the A2 Premier Championship division and also attend the National Football Tournament during the winter sports tournament week.

Our top Junior girls and boys team play in the Junior Premier Grades with 4 boys feeder teams also being available.

A large number of teams caters for varying abilities and ages and assistance from coaches in the community offers great development opportunities for our players.


We have a number of students interested in Gymnastics, Aerobics, and Trampolining. They compete in a one-day tournament held in Auckland. From there, our top performers are eligible to compete at the National Tournament held in Term 3.

Many of the students belong to clubs and we give them the opportunity to represent the college in their selected sport.


A new sport to the college we are wanting to be one of the only East Auckland colleges to offer lacrosse as a competitive sport.

Lacrosse is played on weekdays after college with the Girls and Boys Tournament held in Auckland in August.

Mountain Biking

This is one of the largest sporting codes in our school. Netball is available for all years and abilities, from those wanting to play high level in the Premier team or those just starting out.

Our Premier team is consistently in the top Premier Grade in Auckland with our Senior A, 10A and 9A teams at the top of their respective grades.

We are fortunate enough to have some great coaches from the community to assist with creating competitive teams from our college.

Our top netball teams are entered into various tournaments during the year including the Auckland Netball Pre-Season Tournament and the Combined Point’s Tournament held later in the year.

Our Premier netball team also attends the Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) Tournament during the winter tournament week in September in which they have always been in the A or B grade.

We have the ability to put forward players recognized as top performers to trial for their respective age group representative teams. As a developing college of netball, we have had great successes with students representing provincial teams.

Botany Downs Secondary College also offers students Umpire Theory and Coaching Modules through Auckland Netball and Netball Northern Zone.


Rugby at Botany Downs Secondary College has flourished since fledgeling steps in 2004 with one team of mixed weight boys playing in the Fifth Grade Competition. After ten years the rugby programme boasts 8 teams and as many Auckland titles as any school in Auckland over recent seasons.

While some schools field few teams, at BDSC we provide a place for every boy who wishes to play the “great game”. It is a testimony to the high calibre of coaching and the standards set by the college that so many championships are won despite 30% of our players taking up rugby for the first time since starting at BDSC.

Fielding a U15 team, 4th Grade and 2nd XV, the infrastructure is in place to provide a consistent flow of quality players through to our premier team.

In 2013, 20 players were nominated for Auckland representative teams and to undergo a rigorous selection process.

Yet another highlight has been to have 5 ex-students from BDSC in the Pakuranga URFC team who were Auckland U21 Champions in 2012. Their returning to college to present awards at our annual prize giving was inspiring and enlightening as they described their rugby grounding as comparable to those boys from more traditionally famous institutions. The respect and pride Ben, Dave, Mark, John Pierre and Brandon have for BDSC should encourage young players and give them faith in the quality of the BDSC rugby programme.

There are numerous stars in the making, but the focus is “making good men” and 2012 captain Tone Ng Shiu demonstrates these qualities as he made the Pakuranga premiers in his first year out of college but still helps out with coaching at the college each week despite his heavy schedule.

BDSC rugby has turned heads, demanded respect and our teams have demonstrated the values that our community can be immensely proud.


Botany Downs Secondary College has a number of squash teams that competitively compete against other Auckland teams. With consistent top finishes in each year group, we are a college to beat.

Although we do not have our own facilities, we have formed a great partnership with the Howick Squash club that allows us to practice twice a week.

We also enter squash teams into the New Zealand Secondary Schools Tournament held every year in different regions over New Zealand.

Table Tennis

A sport that has become very popular since its addition to our sports co-curricular programme in 2011. Participation rate has been on the rise with the assistance of the Auckland Table Tennis coaching staff coordinating training

Our Premier teams have had great success competing in the Auckland Interschool Competition and Greater Auckland Tournament.

High-Performance Programme

The High-Performancee Programme aims to provide specialised testing, goal setting, and daily training for athletes at Botany Downs Secondary College.

Athletes are nominated from their respective codes, then undertake six generic assessments and up to three sports specific conditioning or skill related assessments. Quarterly goals are set and training takes place 3:30 pm Sunday to Friday.

Athletes are required to attend a minimum of three sessions, although those with particularly heavy training schedules can negotiate in order to use the HPAP to complement their existing programme of training and competition.

Each session is based on three sections
  • Speed and agility
  • Weight training and conditioning
  • Lactic tolerance training

The core of athletes who averaged more than three sessions per week achieved significant results; we can expect gains of 10% in speed work and close to 100% in some strength and muscular endurance activities in the next cycle for quarterly testing.

High-Performance Programme is for athletes who want to reach their potential, thriving on the intensity and regularity of training sessions and the goals of representing New Zealand becoming a step closer. The knowledge gained in nutrition, recovery, and training gives our High-Performance Programme athletes a unique advantage.

Counties Manukau Sport has taken a huge interest in the quality of our college programme and has offered their expertise to ensure we keep up-to-date with best practice from around the globe.

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