The World Schools Sports Challenge (WSSC) is made up of international golf, cricket, rugby and hockey tournaments, with the aim of providing opportunities for high school athletes of all abilities to test their skills and develop their game against other high school athletes from around the world.

It is well known that young elite and low marker athletes are well catered for with international school tournaments, but there are currently limited opportunities where teams and players of all levels are able to participate and grow their game.

This is where the World Schools Sports Challenge comes in. Seeing a gap in the market, the WSSC was created to enable high-school athletes of all skill levels and experience the chance to travel with like-minded individuals, play and develop in their chosen sport, experience a new culture and get to know other schools and teams from around the world.

Combining educational experiences with sport, the World Schools Sports Challenge offers a unique experience for athletes, coaches, supporters and families.

For more information on any of our upcoming events, please feel free to contact us.

The inaugural World Schools Golf Challenge (WSGC) was held in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2007 to great success. Co-sponsored by the Christchurch City Council and the PGA – International Golf Academy (Queensland) 54 teams from 29 high schools from South Africa, Australia New Zealand contested the 72-hole event at the Harewood, Waitikiri, Templeton and Coringa Golf Clubs.

The 2009 event was held in Adelaide, Australia and, unlike the 2007 event in Christchurch where local teams seemed to have a distinct advantage, the awards were this time around distributed widely, with strong performances from all countries.The four round event was played at Flagstaff Hill GC, Riverside GC, Adelaide Shores and North Adelaide Golf Links with 60 teams (23 schools, 236 players) from England, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia playing.

In a week of testing conditions, the 2011 tournament was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where the players thrived on the four terrific host clubs – De Zalze, Stellenbosch, Erinvale and Devonvale golf clubs. The lead up to tournament saw the teams practising in beautiful warm conditions. Something they didn’t see again until the day after the WSGC ended!


In 2012, the tournament moved back to Australia, this time to the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. 88 players from Namibia, Adelaide, Melbourne, Auckland, Whangarei, Christchurch, Dunedin, Golden Bay, Tauranga, Cambridge and Timaru competed in the Challenge, where a variety of conditions proved challenging for the golfers across the four rounds. The four host courses St Andrews Beach, Eagle Ridge and the two Moonah courses (Legends and Open) were in world-class condition and as a result were a hard but fair test of golf.

The golf matched the weather in a week of soaring temperatures in Hua Hin during the 2013 World Schools Golf Challenge in Thailand. The Banyan Resort proved to be an ideal venue, with all the schools except local school, American School of Bangkok, staying there. The opportunity for interaction away from the golf course was warmly embraced by the participants and a great time was had by all.

Following in the success of the World Schools Golf Challenge, the World Schools Cricket Challenge (WSCC) was created and the inaugural tournament held in Melbourne, Australia in December 2014. With 10 teams from 7 schools participating, the host school Haileybury took out the 1st XI competition with Waiuku College from New Zealand winning the Development League.

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