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Hunter Sports High School

Hunter Sports High School

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Rugby League


Coaching Staff:

Tony Gleeson: Head Coach & Academy Coordinator

  • Head Coach NSW Knights Cup
  • High Performance Coach


Matt Lantry

  • Head Coach Maitland Rugby League


Craig Martine: Academy Coordinator

  • HSHS Teacher
  • Senior Club Coach


Adam Trypas: Head of Strength & Conditioning


Rebecca Young: Girls Coach

  • Level 1 Club Coach
  • CRL Newcastle/North Newcastle Coach
  • Australian Jillaroos, Prime Minister's 13 and NSW State of Origin Player
  • Indigenous Allstars Captain 


Matt Kennedy: Academy Coordinator (Girls) 

  • HSHS PDHPE Teacher
  • 42 games with Newcastle Knights 


Kade Snowden - Newcastle Knights NRL Player

"Participating in the Rugby League Sports Academy provided me with great opportunities to improve my skills and compete at a regional, state and national level whilst completing my HSC. The coaches and staff were fully supportive and encouraged my development over a six-year period."

How do I apply?

To be part of this academy prospective students need to apply online on this website. Students must participate in regular football competitions, undertake a trial, and provide supporting documentation as detailed in the online application form. Note that students may be in any year, and acceptance and ongoing placement in the academy is based on continued academic effort, acceptable attendance levels and an excellent behaviour record.

Students are supported by a school environment which caters for the academic and welfare needs of the talented athlete, allowing them to gain a quality education whilst still pursuing their sporting dreams.