Throughout the year there are loads of fun and exciting sports on offer at TPS.

All year 3-6 children are given the opportunity to be part of a school sport team and various sports allow the junior students to join in too. There are so many benefits to your child playing in a team sport. They will not only develop their sporting skills, but also increase their self confidence, make new friends and have loads of fun!!! 


All summer sports leagues kick off at the start of Term 1, therefore registrations will need to be returned to the school office as quickly as possible when school begins. 

• FLIPPABALL run by Tauranga Waterpolo Association

Flippaball is a fantastic summer sport. It not only helps develop the basic ball skills of passing and catching, but also provides the opportunity to increase confidence in the water and improve swimming skills. Games are played at Memorial Pool and TPS has teams for years 3-6 boys and girls. 

Flippaball Draws and Results : Tauranga Waterpolo

  • WATERPOLO run by Tauranga Waterpolo Association

Waterpolo is played in the deep water at the Toi Ohomai Pool against local Intermediate school teams, therefore your child must be a confident swimmer to participate. Waterolo is available to our year 5&6 students only. 

Waterpolo Draws and Results : Tauranga Waterpolo

  •  KIWI VOLLEYBALL run by Tauranga Volleyball

Kiwi volleyball is a kid friendly version of the real thing. Great for the development of the basic skills involved in volleyball such as serve, set and pass, and if you're up for it... SPIKE!!! Volleyball is played at QEYC, TPS enters teams from year 3-6 boys and girls. 

Kiwi Volleyball Draws and Results : Tauranga Volleyball


Cricket is a great team building game that involves many sporting skills, plus is a lot of fun! At primary level there is a huge emphasis on participation, giving all players equal batting and bowling time. Cricket is played at various venues around the WBOP. Boys and girls from all years can participate. 

Saturday morning cricket draw and cancellations: 

  • RIPPA RUGBY run by BOP Rugby Union

Rippa Rugby is a fast moving game which is fun and simple to play. Great for those who don’t play rugby as it is non contact, and for those who do play rugby, a great game for the off season to keep your skills and fitness up. Note that TPS does enter a Yr 3/4 and a Yr 5/6 Rippa Rugby team in the WBOP Rippa Rugby WC in Term 2. Playing in Term 1 will provide the opportunity to improve your skills before these teams are selected. Games are played at Waipuna Park, Welcome Bay and boys and girls from Years 1-6 can participate. 

Rippa Rugby draw and cancellations:

  • KIWI TAG run by Otumoetai Eels Rugby League Club

Kiwi tag is generally the same as Rippa Rugby, but has a bit of a rugby league influence. Games are played at Mitchell Park, Otumoetai, and girls and boys can play in years 3-6. The draw will be posted on the school sports noticeboard outside the library. 


TPS Swimming Sports @ Memorial Pool

WAIBOP Girls Football WC @ Fergusson Park

WBOP Go Girls Rainbow Cricket WC 

Top Schools @ Gate Pa 

South Cluster Swimming Championships @ Greerton Pool

WBOP Swimming Championships @ Greerton Pool

BOP Surfing Competition @ Tay St Beach



• NETBALL run by Harbourside Netball Association

At Primary School level there is a huge emphasis on skill development. This is enforced by compulsory rotation of positions for the year 5&6s so the players have an opportunity to play in every area of the court. Year 5&6s play on Saturday mornings at the Harbourside Netball Centre. The years 1-4 can participate in a Fun Ferns Netball programme after school on week days, also at the Harbourside Netball Centre

  • MINIBALL and BASKETBALL run by Tauranga City Basketball

Miniball is a modified version of basketball for Years 1-4 children, playing with lowered hoops and less rules. Basketball is played by the year 5&6s, but still has some modified rules to cater for the development of our younger players. Both sports are great team sports that encourages ball skills, movement and team work. Games are played at either the TECT Arena or QEYC between 4:00pm and 8:30pm on week nights. 

  • HOCKEY run by Tauranga Hockey Association

Hockey is available to all Years 1-6 children. The year groups are divided into different programmes/leagues to accommodate their skill level. “Fun Sticks” is a fundamental skills programme for the years 1&2 children run at TGA Boys College. Children rotate around various skill stations then finish with mini games. “Small Sticks” is the competitive hockey league for years 3-6 children. Games are played on smaller fields and with less players in order to improve their skills and enjoyment for the game. Games are at the Blake Park Hockey Turf Complex, plus other venues in the Tauranga area.  

 Note: the school does not offer Football (Soccer) or Rugby as the local clubs fullfil this criteria.

Basketball draw and results - Tauranga Basketball League

Hockey draw and results - Tauranga Hockey Association

Netball draw and results - Harbourside Netball Associatio


The following Inter-School competitions will be taking place in Term 2 & 3. If you are interested in any of the following school sports teams, keep your ears posted for team try-outs!! 

Term 2:

TPS, South Cluster, WBOP, BOP X-Country

WBOP & BOP Rippa Rugby World Cup @ Blake Park

Gym Sports Festival @ Argos Gym

Basketball World Cup @ TECT Arena

Term 3:

WBOP Rugby League 9-a-side tournament @ Arataki Park

Sports Exchange with Te Puke Primary School



The sports available in term 4 are very similar to those in term 1. See term 1 for descriptions on the following sports:

  • KIWI TAG run by Otumoetai Eels Rugby League Club
  • RIPPA RUGBY run by BOP Rugby Union. In term4 Rippa Rugby is for the year 1-4 children only. Year 5&6 kids can play Quick Rip instead, a more advanced version of rippa with the inclusion of scrums and line outs.
  • FLIPPABALL run by Tauranga Waterpolo Association
  • WATERPOLO run by Tauranga Waterpolo Association 
  • KIWI VOLLEYBALL run by Tauranga Volleyball  
  • CRICKET run by WBOP Cricket Association

New in term 4 2018:

  • FAST FOOTBALL run by Blue Rovers Junior Football Club. Fast Football is a version of Futsal (5 a-side played indoors) adapted to be played outdoors. Less players on the field gives each player more time with the ball, and the small space puts more emphasis on ball control, player movement and team work. 
  • 6 a-side GIRLS ONLY CRICKET COMPETITION run by BOP and NPL Cricket. This new girls only after school cricket competition gives budding female players more game time and extra coaching. 



 WBOP Tennis Championships @ Papamoa Tennis Courts

TPS Senior Athletics @ TPS

WBOP Boys Cricket Festival @ Bay Oval

South Cluster Athletics @ Tauranga Domain

GoGirls Super6 Cricket Tournament @ Bay Oval

WBOP Athletics @ Tauranga Domain


All of our out of school sports teams run with the help of parents and without this help we are unable to enter teams. So please do consider helping out with your child's sports team. There are plenty of opportunities to do coaching courses throughout the year. Contact me if you are intersted in any of these. 

Throughout the year we have school teams representing us in so many sports; including cross-country running, swimming, athletics, surfing, gymnastics, chess, triathlon, rugby, rugby league, volleyball, soccer, netball, hockey, cricket, top schools, funky fun days, and tennis.

We take pride that over 90% of all our year 3-6 children are involved in sport at Tauranga Primary School.

For more information on sport you can contact Jo Taele on

Jo Taele

Sports Co-ordinator




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