At Rotorua Boys’ High School we offer a balanced sports programme, in an effort to support the needs of young men today and the stars of tomorrow! Our Schools vision reflects the determination by staff and students 'to be the best outstanding Boys’ School in New Zealand. This can be supported by the historical results of our sporting teams including;

  • Our 1st XV rugby team won the National Secondary Schools’ Championship in 2015, placed 3rd at the SANIX RUGBY WORLD YOUTH TOURNAMENT in 2016 and became the Super 8 Rugby champs in 2022.
  • Our Senior Touch Team won the National Finals in December 2015 and 2017
  • Our U15 Sevens team won the North Island Secondary Schools competiton this year
  • Our Waka Ama crews contested the New Zealand Schools Waka Ama Championships on the Blue Lake and returned with some impressive fiinal performances
  • Our Basketball Team placed 4th at the National Secondary Schools Championship in 2015 and 2022.
  • Our Golf Teams came 1st at the JI Manihera Memorial Golf Tournament last year and placed first in the NZ Super Eight Schools Championship this year

The Sport Department‘s aim is to identify, foster and maximise, in a holistic approach, the natural sporting talent that each student brings to our School. We look forward to offering new students the opportunity to become part of the Rotorua Boys’ High School sporting family.

Sports Academy Booklet

Sports Academies

Rugby Academy Philosophy

To foster, identify, enhance and develop the attainment of rugby players and skill levels along with the development and appreciation of rugby as a sport.

Director of Rugby

Kieran Botha was appointed as Director of Rugby at Rotorua Boys’ High School in 2023.

Rotorua Boys’ High School has a strong rugby academy program, which allows international students to mix with top schoolboy rugby players and high level coaching. Each player will be challenged mentally and physically, through tactical game plan options and strength & conditioning fitness levels. Expectations are high to ensure there is development in all areas of the game and to ensure our school remains as one of New Zealand’s top rugby schools.

With thanks to our sponsors:

  • Kukri.
  • McDonald's Rotorua.
  • Whakaata Māori.
  • Profiles Gym.
  • Ake Chartered Accountants & Business Consultants.
  • Polynesian Spa Geothermal Hot Springs & Therapies.

International Students Rugby Academy

Rotorua Boys' High School offers a world renowned Golf Academy which operates from an on-site 10-bay golf driving range and state of the art short game facility. Our Director of Golf, Matt Schofield provides a development programme that includes: Computer golf analysis, Golf Statistical analysis and a comprehensive Short Game Handicapping system.

Golf Academy Program

The Raukura Golf Academy operates three levels of membership

1. Elite Academy

The Elite Academy membership is for boys who want to reach the highest level and be proficient at Golf.

This membership provides:

  • 2x 1 hour lessons with NZPGA Professional Jared Pender per week
  • 18 Holes of golf monitored by the director of golf
    Weekly Video analysis
  • Golf membership at Rotorua, Springfield and Lakeview Golf Clubs
  • Flight Scope analysis (distance, skills and game testing)
    2 weekend trips away for golf play and tournament preparation to elite courses
  • Discounted Callaway, Titleist and Cobra ranges of golf gear
  • Mental skills coaching/ mentors available (at a small cost)
  • Gym membership at RBHS weights gymnasium
  • Unlimited use of the driving bay nets and short game facilities at RBHS

NZD $6000.00 per year - $1500 payable at the start of each term

2. Progressive Academy

This membership provides:

  • 1 x 1 hour lesson with NZPGA Professional Jared Pender per week
  • 18 Holes of golf monitored by the director of golf
  • Flight Scope analysis (distances)
  • 2 weekend trips away for golf play and tournament preparation to elite courses (at a small cost)
  • Weekly Video analysis
  • Mental skills coaching/ mentors available (at a small cost)
  • Golf membership at Rotorua, Springfield and Lakeview Golf Clubs
  • Gym membership at RBHS weights gymnasium
  • Unlimited use of the driving bay nets and short game facilities at RBHS

NZD $4000 per year, $1000 payable at the start of each term.

3. Development Academy

The Development Clinic is an opportunity for boys to develop their golfing skills.

This membership provides:

  • 1x 30 minute lesson with NZPGA Professional Jared Pender per week
  • 18 Holes of golf monitored by the director of golf
  • Golf membership at Rotorua, Springfield and Lakeview Golf Clubs
  • Mental skills coaching (at a small cost)
  • Weekly Video analysis
  • Unlimited use of the driving bay nets and short game facilities at RBHS

$1500 per year, $375 payable at the start of each term.

Football Academy

The Rotorua Boys’ High School Football Academy aims to develop great footballers into great young men. In our academy we look at the Complete footballer and aim to develop and build knowledge around the key areas of performance; technical, tactical, cultural, physical, mental/emotional and good nutrition. We offer opportunities to play at all levels of football, playing locally, regionally and at national tournaments throughout the year. Along with football, we offer opportunities in Futsal (Indoor 5-aside football) to further enhance and build the skills and touch needed throughout the off-season. This too we play at regional and national level.

We have both Year 9 and 10 Academies, which run alongside general Physical Education and give the students an opportunity to focus on the sport they love, along with specialising more in their senior years in a Senior Academy with Level 1- 3 students.
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Achievements to date:

  • Winners of the Gold Coast Representative Premier Football Carnival U13-14 (2018)
  • Winners of the WAIBOP U16 Rotorua Local Football (2018)
  • Winners of the WAIBOP U19 Baywide Premier Football (2018)
  • Winners of the Hillcrest Invitational Futsal (2018)
  • Runners up at B.O.P Futsal Secondary School Championships (2018)
  • 3rd Place NZSS Football Malcolm Cowie Tournament Papakura 2018

The RBHS Hockey Academy is a one of a kind Hockey specific program within the Bay of Plenty region.

  • The RBHS Hockey Academy aims to develop all aspects of our young Hockey athletes, looking at not only the technical and tactical aspects of the sport but encompassing Physical, Mental and Emotional elements to contribute to the overall growth of our boys.
  • The Hockey Academy is incorporated into the students in-school physical education time allowing them to develop within school hours.
  • You can expect video analysis of matches and hockey skill breakdowns, modified games, Hockey specific strength and conditioning, individual performance planning, off-site field trips, mental skills workshops utilising the most up to date hockey training equipment and coaching techniques.

Director of Hockey - Mr J Carroll

The RBHS Director of Hockey Mr J Carroll is an old boy of the school who has over 20 years of Hockey experience both in New Zealand and Australia as a player and coach. He was recently acknowledged from Hockey New Zealand for his contribution to coaching.

Basketball Academy

Through our Raukura Basketball Academy, we develop our young athletes’ key fundamental and mental skills to help not only their basketball games but their everyday lives as well. We have seen our athletes go on to pursue promising basketball pathways after being part of our programme and while we strive for excellence on the court we encourage that same effort off the court.

We know the importance of academic achievement, teamwork, short and long-term goal setting, integrity, character, leadership, a positive work ethic and most importantly a positive attitude. With a team dedicated to a holistic approach to develop our players, we ensure those in our Basketball Academy are reaching their full potential.

Director of Basketball - Mr Theo Tait

‘Old Boy”, Theo Tait brings a wealth of experience and energy to his new role as Director of Basketball at Rotorua Boys’ High School. Active in this sport as both an athlete and a coach for over 25 years, Theo’s involvement has taken him all over the globe in various roles. His major coaching roles at home have included; the NZ Junior Tall Blacks Assistant Coach (qualifying for the World U19’s), NZ U19 Boys’ Head Coach (obtaining a Gold Medal at the Oceania Games in Australia) and NZ U19 Maori Mens’ Assistant/Manager for their Tour to Tonga. Theo also has experience as a High Performance Coach.

In the National Basketball League he was the Auckland Stars Assistant Coach and General Manager for 4 years, winning 2 NBL titles and 2 second placings during his 4 years with the Auckland Stars. He was the Assistant Coach for the Hawkes Bay Hawks for 2 years, achieving the finals in his first year and working with his friend and mentor, Head Coach, Tab Baldwin.

Theo has ties to Rotorua and to Rotorua Boys’ High School, being born in Rotorua, and an “Old Boy’ of the school. He has represented the city for basketball in many age group and senior Representative teams. He was granted a Junior Tall Black trial, and enjoyed a brief stint with the then Waikato Titans (Warriors). He also had many years with the Rotorua 2nd Division Senior Men’s teams, as both a player and a coach. Theo’s son attended Rotorua Boys’ High School and during that time, Theo coached the RBHS Junior A and Senior A teams. Theo says it was that experience which fired his enthusiasm to pursue coaching further, and he moved to Auckland to take up a role with the Auckland’s Stars Franchise in the New Zealand Basketball League as the General Manager and Assistant Coach. “My application for a position as a Coach on the Basketball NZ Koru Tour started my journey into the BBNZ coaching of age groups” he says. “ I am honoured to be able to share my experiences with the young men of Rotorua Boys’ High School and to help develop skills towards their aspirations in the sport of Basketball.”


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