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Physical activity offers numerous benefits for students for their overall development and well-being

Sports in Schools

Physical activity offers numerous benefits for students for their overall development and well-being such as:

  1. Physical Health: Regular participation in sports helps children develop strong muscles, bones, and cardiovascular systems. 

  2. Motor Skills Development: Playing sports enhances motor skills and coordination. Activities such as running, jumping, throwing, and catching contribute to the development of fine and gross motor skills.

  3. Social Skills: Children learn how to work together, share responsibilities, and communicate effectively with teammates, coaches, and opponents.

  4. Confidence and Self-Esteem: Achieving personal goals and improving skills in sports can boost children's self-confidence and self-esteem. 

  5. Discipline and Time Management: Sports require commitment, practice, and adherence to rules. Portside Christian College students learn to manage their time effectively, set priorities, and balance their academic and extracurricular activities.

  6. Resilience and Perseverance: Children learn how to handle sport wins and losses gracefully, learning to bounce back from setbacks, work through challenges, and persevere to achieve their goals.

  7. Healthy Lifestyle Habits: Engaging in sports at a young age instills a love for physical activity and promotes a lifelong habit of staying active.

  8. Stress Relief and Mental Health: Physical activity has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels in children. Sports provide an outlet for releasing pent-up energy and emotions, contributing to better mental well-being.

  9. Social Interaction: Participating in sports helps children to develop social skills, make friends, and build a sense of community.

  10. Character Development: Sports often emphasize qualities such as sportsmanship, fair play, respect for others, and following rules. 

  11. Cognitive Benefits: Engaging in sports can have positive effects on cognitive development, including improved concentration, attention, and problem-solving skills.

  12. Fun and Enjoyment: Playing sports is fun and enjoyable for many children. It provides an opportunity to experience joy, laughter, and a sense of accomplishment.

Inter-School Sports Competitions 

Portside students participate in SAPSASA and SSSSA events, providing opportunities for students to excel at district, state, and national levels as well as participating in South Australian Christian Schools Association (SACSA) sporting competitions. Sports we participate in are as follows:

  • SACSA: Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Rijken Cup, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Netball, Football (AFL), and Touch Football.

  •  SAPSASA: Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country.

  •  SSSSA: Athletics

Through participating in a diverse range of sports, Portside Christian College provides students with opportunities to explore and discover their interests and talents which contributes to a sense of College community and pride. Successes and achievements in these competitions can bring students, teachers, and families together in celebration.

After School Sporting Teams 

Our College sporting teams are run by our volunteers who work together to coach, manage, and supervise the team's activities. After school sport at Portside includes NWJSA Soccer, Basketball and Cricket. We also run out of hours tennis coaching and Auskick. 

Sports Volunteers 

For more information on becoming a Volunteer at Portside please click here


For enquiries about Sports at Portside Christian College, please contact our Head of Sport, Lezelle Williams via email to

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