Sport, health and physical education are integral to students’ wellbeing and to their learning experience at Matthew Flinders Anglican College.
Whether sport is played competitively or recreationally, sport helps students grow in confidence. Students learn through perseverance, resilience, teamwork and leadership, as well as when they celebrate success and deal with disappointment.
Flinders prides itself on offering a strong Health and Physical Education Curriculum alongside a rich Co-Curricular Sports Program that encourages, supports and challenges students of all ages, sporting levels and interests. We also offer a Sports Scholarships Program to students entering Years 7-12 and our new Flinders Elite Athlete Program.
Through sport at Flinders, our students learn:
- the importance of teamwork and being a part of something bigger than yourself
- commitment to and support of other team members, regardless of their achievement or success
- the high of winning and the harsh reality of losing, and how to do both with grace and humility
- the satisfaction of setting and reaching your goals
- how to make friends with people, and how to be a good friend
- how to listen and take direction, and also how to lead and be a role model
- the importance of good nutrition, sleep, positive mindset and relationships for health and wellbeing
- how to be organised and juggle competing commitments in order to be successful.
Sport in the Curriculum
From Prep to Year 10, Health and Physical Education is a core part of our Curriculum at Flinders. Fit for Life is the General Syllabus Subject in Years 11 & 12.
HPE enables our students to refine a range of specialised knowledge, understanding and skills, and boost their health. The focus is on students’ health, safety, wellbeing, and movement competence and confidence.
Learning topics include sun safety, water proficiency for safety, nutrition, anatomy, healthy communities, teamwork, mindset, leadership, respect and fair play.
Flinders College Sport
Our students at Flinders excel as teams and individuals with many top student athletes representing their teams at local, state and national levels. Flinders frequently secures championship titles in many sports, including athletics, netball, cross country, rugby, water polo and AFL.
House Sports and Carnivals
The House system at Flinders is strong with eight House teams competing in our annual Inter-House Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals.
A student will remain in their same House team throughout their Secondary years at Flinders. Over the years, students develop a sense of community and care for their House and fellow House members through a variety of team-building and wellbeing activities and events, which in turn helps to strengthen our College culture. One of the most important and rewarding roles for our House teams is to host fun community-building events within the College with the purpose of raising funds for their chosen charities each year.
School Representative Sport
Flinders offers a variety of sports where students aged 10–18 years can represent the College at district, regional and state levels. The following sports are available: AFL, athletics, baseball, basketball, cricket, cross country, football, golf, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, softball, surfing, swimming, tennis, touch football, volleyball and water polo. For more information, please visit the SCISSA website or contact Flinders Head of Sport, Mr Adam Ridgewell on email or Flinders Sport Administrator Kelli Skoda on email.
Directors of Coaching
To enable students to grow through sport in a supportive environment, our College employs world-class Directors of Coaching across many popular sports, including basketball, cricket, hockey, netball, rugby, soccer, touch football, volleyball and waterpolo. These experts provide mentoring support to students, staff and parent volunteers that further encourages our students to participate in sport and reach their potential.
Flinders Club Sport
Our Flinders Club Sport is not only for Flinders students but are open to all children in the local community.
There are eight clubs across the sports of Basketball, Football (Soccer), Hockey, Netball, Hockey, Rowing, Rugby and Sailing, with more than 600 registered junior players competing in competitions throughout the Sunshine Coast.
Flinders Elite Athlete Program
Open for applications, the new Flinders Elite Athlete Program supports students to achieve across their sporting pursuits and academic life. The program provides specialised services, mentoring support, links to expert networks and tailored workshops for exceptional Flinders student athletes. Applications are invited from current Flinders students as well as from students who are planning to enrol at Flinders.
Sports Scholarships at Flinders
Sport Scholarships, remitting up to 50% of tuition fees*, are offered annually to students entering Years 7-12. Applicants for the Sport Scholarship must demonstrate sound academic ability along with outstanding performance in the field of sport (including chess or debating). Preference is given to sports which are played at Flinders. Applicants are also to show evidence of broad involvement across school life and a willingness to uphold our values of Courage, Respect, Integrity and Compassion.
There are many quality sporting facilities on campus at Matthew Flinders Anglican College. These facilities enable our students to pursue their sporting hobbies, improve their fitness and skills, and learn through our Health & Physical Education curriculum.
Flinders’ outstanding sporting facilities include:
- the College's centrepiece floodlit sports oval - the Anthony Vincent Oval; and also the Forrester Fields oval and clubhouse
- multi-purpose indoor Sports Centre, including facilities for basketball, volleyball, netball, cricket and gymnastics
- the immaculate Flinders Aquatic Centre with its 25-metre eight-lane heated and floodlit swimming pool, including a learn-to-swim pool
- a cricket turf, wicket and cricket nets
- four floodlit outdoor multi-purpose hard courts suitable for tennis, basketball and netball
- the Flinders Fitness Centre (a sports-specific training facility and weights room) for team and individual training, offering mentoring sessions with the Sunshine Coast Sports Institute and more.
Visit our campus and facilities page to learn more.
College Sport contacts
|Activity||Teacher in Charge|
|Head of Sport (7-12)||Adam Ridgewellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Head of Primary Sport (P-6)||Andrew Robertsonemail@example.com|
|Sport Administrator||Kelli Skodafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cross Country||Adam Ridgewellemail@example.com|
|Touch Football||Scott Kennedyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Water Polo||Noel Hayesemail@example.com|
Flinders Club Sports contacts
|Flinders Aquatic Academy||Erin Mooney||0448 482 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Flinders Basketball Club||Jose Maria Gutierrezemail@example.com|
|Flinders Cricket Club||Chris Petersfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Flinders Football Club||John Gillies||0419 750 email@example.com|
|Flinders Hockey Club||Scott Foremanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Flinders Netball Club||Melanie Wylieemail@example.com|
|Flinders Rowing Club||Janine Setchellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Flinders Rugby Club||Owen Jenkinsemail@example.com|
|Flinders Sailing Club||Ian Jessett||0473 574 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Flinders Tennis Club||Andrew Kratzmann||0402 125 email@example.com|