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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 (Boys)

  • Newcastle Knights Jersey Flegg Head Coach
  • High Performance Coach


Craig Martine

  • HSHS Teacher
  • Senior Club Coach


Liam Sutton

  • Community Club Coach
  • Newcastle Knights Skills Coach


Curtis Purssell

  • 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
  • Former Newcastle Knights player 


Kade Snowden - Former 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 rugby league 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.