Sports at Aquinas

At Aquinas you can get involved in a number of both recreational sport and competitive sport activities. If you love sport and physical activity and are keen to play for fun, fitness and make new friends then you can come and sign up!


AoC Sport Competition

As a part of the Association of Colleges we have the opportunity to enter a number of regional competitions with the aim of qualifying for the National Championships which take place every year. Together with the traditional college sports including Football, Netball, Basketball and Rugby, the Aquinas students are also able to display their sporting talents in Sports including Badminton, Cross Country, Athletics, Cricket, Golf, Hockey, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.


The basketball team play weekly fixtures in the Men’s U19 Conference South. Recreational basketball is also available to those who do not want to play competitively and there are weekly training sessions for both men and women. The team also compete in regional qualifiers for the AOC national finals.


Students are given the opportunity to train with a boxing coach on a weekly basis. They take part in a variety of practises as well as build fitness for the sport. Boxing is open to all students and is a great way to make new friends and try something different. The sessions take place in the sports hall and all equipment is provided.

FA Level 1 Coaching

The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, leading to the achievement of the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football qualification, provides learners with an introduction to coaching and working with players from under 7 to open age. Learners will gain an insight into football in England, how it’s played and how they can coach to better support the development of future players. The qualification is designed to prepare learners to coach at the grassroots level.

Fitness Suite

Students are invited to come and use the fitness suite in their free time. Students can use the cardiovascular equipment and free weights in order to improve their health and general wellbeing. A full gym induction and PAR-Q form will be completed prior to training.


The first and second Football team train and play weekly in competitive fixtures in the North West College’s league. Aquinas College has been extremely successful and have recently won the league and knockout competition. The football team also enter the Greater Manchester Cup (2016 finalist) and the national AoC cups.


At Aquinas we offer Lacrosse training sessions. All students taking part in the sessions are given the opportunity to represent the college in a series of taster games against other teams in the area. Students who wish to progress further in the sport are also invited to take part in club sessions and represent their local team outside college.


The netball team play in the AOC regional qualifiers with the chance to go the national finals. This very successful team is highly competitive and plays and trains each week.

Other Sports

At college we have a turn up and play policy in which students who would like to use their free time to take part in sport and exercise can thrive by doing the activity of their choice at a time that suits. Other sports on offer include; Table Tennis, Frisbee, Tennis, Trampolining and Badminton. We try to cater for all our students to allow them to develop and have fun whilst playing their chosen activity.


Parkour and Free Running club is open to all students who would like to try this new and exciting urban sport. Using a mix of gymnastic equipment in the sports hall as well as the varied pieces of equipment in and around the college grounds, students have the opportunity to learn the art of Parkour in a fun and safe way in sessions led by a coach from the local club.


The rugby team trains once a week and fixtures are organised through other local colleges with similar rugby set ups. There are also opportunities to turn up and play and represent the college at participation tournaments in a variety of different rugby formats.

Run Club

A friendly, sociable and fun group for runners of all abilities. Whether new to running, looking to improve your fitness or an experienced runner with clear goals – everyone is welcome! Sessions include runs in the local park, speed work, fartlek and interval training. Running club is a great way to develop your fitness and make friends with like-minded people.


Taekwondo club is an opportunity for students to train and work towards competition level in this self defense martial arts practice. Taekwondo club is led by a fully qualified and certified black belt coach.