• Somerville House offers an inclusive and welcoming environment for Pre-Prep to Year 12 students to participate in physical activity and competitive sport.

Our team of experienced and passionate coaches support our students to build lifelong healthy habits which will enhance their physical, social and mental wellbeing.

Our Junior School Sports program aims to provide girls with opportunities to develop the values of leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship on and off the field. Each girl has the opportunity to display these values in a variety of sporting environments, while developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity in daily life. Girls continue to apply these skills learned in earlier years and aim to implement strategies in a competitive environment.

Students in Pre-Prep to Year 4 have multiple opportunities each year to participate in many activities including: *some activities have age restrictions.

  • AFL AUSKick
  • Brisbane Roar – Roar Active 
  • Gymnastics *Premiere Gymnastics 
  • Netball NetSetGO! *coming in 2024.
  • Swimming
  • Tennis 
  • Touch Football *coming in 2024.

Students in Years 2 to 6 compete in several competitions, including eleven sports within the Andrews Cup competition. Team participation, leadership and sportsmanship are vital in the social development of students at this level. All activities listed below are for students in Years 4-6 unless specified:AFL

  • Artistic Gymnastics *Yr. 2-6
  • Athletics *Yr. 2-6
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country *Yr. 2-6
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Swimming *Yr. 2-6
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Water Polo 

Students in Years 7 to 12 compete in a range of competitions including:

  • Brisbane Water Polo Association Inc. (BWPI) a range of club-based sporting programs
  • The Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association (BSRA) *Yr. 8-12
  • Equestrian Queensland - Interschool Competitions. 

The Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (QGSSSA) competition:

  • AFL
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball

Students in both Junior and Senior School are also eligible to nominate and compete in district and regional sport pathways right through to national representation. In addition to the representative pathways Somerville students can trial and compete for our school teams at various other competitions including but not limited QLD All Schools Touch football, Vicki Wilson Netball, Schools Cup Volleyball and Various Water Polo competitions. 


The AFL program has attracted over 90 students across Years 7-12 for the 2022/23 season. Our Junior Y7-9 AFL commences in Term 3, with Senior AFL taking place in Term 1. Our students love being a part of the QGSSSA competition, which is a safe, educational environment where girls can further develop their skills!


The Athletics program aims to provide students, of all ability levels, the opportunity to enjoy sport and improve their skills. Athletics has a lot to offer students in that it fosters skill development, teamwork, mateship, commitment and determination. 

Coaches work with students to help them develop and improve in events such as, 3000m, 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m, 80m, relays, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, javelin and discus.


Each year over 100 students, across Open, Senior, Year 10, Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7 teams, compete in the QGSSSA competition. These fixtures occur during Term 4 in a two-day tournament format. The School is renowned for its Badminton program.


Basketball is offered through the QGSSSA competition for Years 7 to 12 students, and for Years 4 to 6 students as a social Junior Basketball Competition. Our QGSSSA program is focussed on development in a fun environment, which has led to fantastic results over the last 5 years.

We offer additional competitive pathways for Junior and Senior squad members via a state-wide 'knockout' competition. Individual players may also nominate for representative selection for Queensland State Secondary School teams.


There are three divisions offered in the QGSSSA Cricket competition, providing your daughter with plenty of opportunities to be involved. The QGSSA Opens Division, Division One and Division Two teams compete in Term 1 and is offered to students in Years 7 to 12.

Outside of the QGSSSA competition, there are various opportunities to play Club and external cricket along with T20 competitions through Queensland Cricket and the Brisbane Heat.

Cross Country

The Cross Country program aims to provide students, of all ability levels, the opportunity to enjoy running in a safe and supportive environment. In Terms 1 and 2, Years 7 to 12 students compete in the QGSSSA competition, and Junior School students aged between 8 to 12 years of age compete in the Andrews Cup competition. We support our athletes with highly-qualified coaches, training facilities and equipment. 


Fast becoming one of the best-performing schools in Queensland, our Equestrian team is coached by an award-winning 4* level Eventer and World Cup level Showjumper. The team participates in the Interschool Queensland (IQ) competition which is run by Equestrian Queensland (EQ) for the State competition, and Equestrian Australia (EA) for the National competition. Disciplines that the team can compete in are Dressage, Showjumping, Show Horse, Showman, Combined Training and Eventing.

Riders participate in interschool events throughout the year, with the aim of qualifying for the Interschool State Championship in June. At the State Championships, riders may compete in Dressage, Show Jumping, Show Horse, Showman, Eventing and Combined Training. Riders travel from all over Queensland for this event. National Championships take place in a different state each year.

Somerville House has a long equestrian history and has always competed strongly, with riders representing the School at both State and National levels. In 2022, Somerville House was awarded Queensland Equestrian School of the Year.

Annual events include:

  • Somerville House Showjumping Day at Fig Tree Pocket
  • Queensland State Interschool Equestrian Championships
  • Australian National Interschool Championships
  • Many other options, either locally or SEQ. All events are on the Equestrian Qld Interschool Calendar

What do you need to be on the Somerville House Equestrian Team?

  • Your own horse (either owned or leased)
  • Parent/guardian support
  • Be a Junior Member of Equestrian Queensland

Further details about Interschool Qld are available at Equestrian Queensland

Football (Soccer)

Somerville House offers a competitive, yet inclusive Football program for students in Years 4 to 12. The interest in Women’s Football is at its current peak, and the uptake of Football among Somerville House students is growing each year.

Years 7 to 12 Football teams compete in the QGSSSA competition through Autumn. Years 4 to 6 students train through Term 2 and compete in a one-day tournament-style competition hosted by the Andrews Cup association at the end of Term. We have students who compete in Queensland's National Premier League, with several of our younger cohort also in performance pathways.

Somerville House also offers an inclusive Prep-Year 3 program that focuses on building the fundamental skills required to play football, in an enjoyable environment. This is run by the three-time A-League Championship Winners, Brisbane Roar Football Club. 

Gymnastics Artistic

Our Gymnastics Program is progressive with appropriate challenges provided for all gymnasts in a safe and fun environment. Students of all levels are welcomed and invited to participate. Years 7 to 12 students are eligible to compete in up to seven divisions in the QGSSSA competition, while Years 2 to 6 students compete in the Andrews Cup competition. Club Gymnastics is also available to all interested gymnasts. 


Somerville House Hockey competes in the three divisions offered in the QGSSSA competition; Junior for Years 7 to 9, Senior for Years 10 to 12, and Open for students in Years 7 to 12. Our home ground is located at the University of Queensland, at their world-class International Hockey Federation (FIH)-approved turf. 

Our coaching team is made up of experienced players with representative backgrounds. The coaches foster a supportive and competitive environment, creating a safe place for students to develop their hockey skills with their teammates.

Training begins in Term 2 and continues into Term 3 when the winter QGSSSA competition commences. Outside of the QGSSSA competition, there are various opportunities to play Club and representative Hockey.


Somerville House has a proud history of being a competitive Netball program with many Division Titles and participation numbers in excess of 150 each year. Within the QGSSSA competition, students in Years 7 to 12 compete in divisions A, B and C, as well as an Opens team. Outside of the QGSSSA competition, there are various opportunities to play Club, representative Netball and to take part in the Vicki Wilson Championships as a school representative.

For students in the Junior School, we offer both social and competitive opportunities within Andrews Cup.


Somerville House Rowing strives to provide the best developmental schoolgirl rowing program by having dedicated and experienced coaches, well maintained, modern equipment and a supportive parent community. The Somerville Rowers have been competing with great success in the Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association (BSRA) for over thirty years and continue to encourage participation in this life changing sport and produce state and international level athletes.

Students from Years 8 to Year 12 can participate in Rowing in Terms 2 and 3 each year, and often the program will send crews to the Queensland and Australian Championships regattas to test their mettle against the highest-level competition in the state and country.

Somerville House Rowing operates out of the Water Sports Facility, commonly known as 'The Shed', located at 217 The Brisbane Corso, Yeronga.


Softball is a sport enjoyed by many students from Years 7 to 12. Played across two seasons, the QGSSSA competition consists of Years 7 to 9 students forming teams in A and B divisions, while Years 10 to 12 students compete in the Senior and Open competition. The softball program caters for all levels and offers skill development opportunities for all. 

Strength & Conditioning

Somerville House offers a full athletic development program that supports students in athletic goals from year 3-12. Strength and Conditioning guides warm-up, strength, power, injury prevention and talent identification programs. Strength and Conditioning supports the PE curriculum by working on these specific programs within classes from Years 3 to 12.

All competitive athletes have access to 1-2 tailored gym sessions per week, year-round. This initiative aims to support the students with busy training and study loads.

The Strength and Conditioning Coaches work closely with Head Coaches to develop our sports and ensures that programs are being delivered collaboratively with the students’ best interest at heart.

The Strength and Conditioning sessions complement the sports training schedules to enhance all aspects of athletic development including strength, power, speed, agility, aerobic fitness and injury prevention.


The Somerville House swimming program aims to deliver training and competition opportunities for students of all ability levels. With a strong emphasis on both participation and performance, all students have access to a swimming pathway that will enable them to reach their fullest potential. 

Led by Director of Swimming and Head Coach Tim Lane, the program runs year-round in our world-class 50m heated pool. Our students train and prepare to compete at both school and club-based competitions, and we have a long tradition of excellence at all levels of swimming. 

The school season runs in Term 4 and Term 1, with students in Years 2 to 6 competing within the Andrews Cup competition, and students in Years 7 to 12 competing within the QGSSSA competition. 
The Andrews Cup and QGSSSA championships meets are typically held in early March, with over 130 girls eventually being selected to represent Somerville House each year.

The Somerville House Aquatic Swim Club runs alongside the swimming program and provides our students with the opportunity to compete at a local, state and national level. Our vision is to continue to build a community of swimmers and families who believe in the value of swimming as a vehicle for personal growth both in and out of the pool, and in a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. 


Somerville House runs a renowned tennis program for students from Pre-Prep to Year 12. With the program centred around both participation and performance, we offer pathways suited to all levels and abilities allowing students to reach their fullest potential.

With a very experienced team of coaches, led by Head Coach Robby Newton, the program runs year-round with private lessons, participation and performance squads. The recent opening of SomerFields provides us with access to world class facilities at our fingertips with 14 fully lit hardcourts between the Somerville House Campus and Rocklea venue.

Our Seniors – Years 7-12 compete in a range of competitions including QGSSSA, Tennis QLD Secondary Schools Cup and Knowles Cup. The tennis program utilises the incredible Strength and Conditioning team to further develop our athletes. 

Our Juniors – Pre-Prep- Year 6 participate in our Tennis Australia Hot Shots programs. From Years 3-6, those excelling have the opportunity to compete in multiple events from Andrews Cup, Tennis QLD Primary Schools Cup, the Metropolitan and State Titles.


Approximately 270 students participate in Touch Football each year.

Our Senior program, from Years 7 to 12, compete in the QGSSSA competition and have the option to compete in the Queensland All Schools tournament in Term 4. 

Many individual players may nominate for representative selection for Queensland State Secondary School teams. Our Junior program caters to students in Years 4 to 6 and offers opportunities for each girl to play both competitive and developmental touch. 


QGSSSA Volleyball is offered to students in Years 7-12 The program aims to build a strong focus on skill development and progression for players of all year levels, with our Opens team consistently strong in the QGSSSA competition. Individual players may nominate for representative selection for Queensland State Secondary School teams.

Water Polo

The Somerville House Water Polo program, led by a team of highly experienced coaches with State, National and International Water Polo experience is a competitive program that offers students from Years 4 to 12 the opportunity to compete in various competitions run by the Brisbane Water Polo Association Inc. (BWPI), including an inaugural Schoolgirls competition beginning in Term 4, 2023.

In recent years, Somerville House Water Polo has seen significant growth in participant numbers, becoming one of the largest co-curricular sporting programs on offer. Student success in Water Polo is evident, with many of our students being selected to represent Queensland and Australia each year.

Skills and development sessions are offered at the beginning of each season, giving newcomers to the sport the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of Water Polo in an encouraging environment.

Water Polo takes place onsite in our Olympic-sized swimming pool, at the Murray Evans Sports and Aquatic Centre. Competitions take place across Term 4 and Term 1 each year, with skills sessions and trials held at the end of Term 3.