The Football Academy at St Peter’s, Cambridge is one of our four Junior Sports Academies.

The Junior Sports Academies provide students with a unique opportunity to develop both physical and mental sport-specific skills under the tuition of experienced coaches.

Students receive expert guidance in each academy on individual core skills, game understanding and an introduction to Strength and Conditioning which is underpinned by the New Zealand Curriculum. 

The Junior Sports Academies are designed to ensure all students reach their full potential in their chosen sport.

Directed by Shane Knowles, our Football Academy provides a high-quality, holistic programme designed to progressively develop our players’ technical and tactical abilities. Our experienced coaches use skills-based and game related training methods and work with players on fundamental movement skills. They also provide expertise on strength and conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology, goal-setting, time management, and leadership.

Our Football Development Y7-8 and Football Academy Y9-10 provides clear pathways for students to progress towards regional representative teams and New Zealand international teams.

Football players in Years 7 and 8 please register your interest by emailing our Director of Sport; Te Aroha Keenan at

Football players in Years 9 and 10 are invited to apply for places in the Football Academy. Please contact us for an application form.

Football Accolades

  • National and Regional Age-Group Representatives from Year 7 to Year 13
  • NZSS Champions, 1st XI Girls, 2011; Runners-up, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • NZSS, 3rd Place, 1st XI Boys, 2013
  • Waikato Secondary Schools Premier Division Champions, 1st XI Girls, 2008–2016; 2nd Place, 1st XI Boys, 2016
  • Waikato Champions, 1st XI Boys, 2013, 2015
  • NZSSFA U19 and U15 Boys/Girls Reps, coached by St Peter’s coach Simon Foy in 2016
  • Current student Jake Mechell made top 40 in the world for Nike Academy Final in the UK, 2016

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