There are many opportunities for Mercury Bay Area School students from our unique Across the River swim (an open water swim for Y7-13 students only)to a wide range of school events such as swimming, cross country and athletics.

Many of these afford students the opportunity to go on to compete at district, regional and even national level competition.

The New Zealand Area School Association supports a regional coaching clinic which allows senior students the opportunity to be selected for the elite Central North Island Area Schools team and progress to the ultimate goal of representing in at New Zealand Area Schools level. Mercury Bay Area school maintains a reputation for athletes representing in many of the Central North Island Area School codes and we expect this trend to continue in the future.

MBAS may also enter into the New Zealand Secondary School competitions. If students show the potential to compete at a national level then these opportunities are made available to the suitable candidates. In 2014 this has included NZ Secondary Schools Bowls, NZ Secondary Schools Surfing and NZ Secondary Schools Cycling. Opportunities in sport are not limited to playing a code, we have a number of students who are supported in a variety of coaching, managing and refereeing roles which allows many of these students to receive NCEA credits. If statistics or offering music at an event is how a MBAS student enjoys their sport – then opportunities will be given to them as well.

Mercury Bay Area School are very proud of the support we continue to receive from our local sport clubs particularly as this allows us to offer a wider range of sporting codes to students. Furthermore this relationship also allows our students the opportunity of experiencing coaching and management styles within our community. This collaborative and successful relationship is unique to Mercury Bay and is a model envied in the current New Zealand education and sport arena. The range of sporting activities offered in 2016 either directly in school/during school time or to school age children through local clubs and coaches include:

Across the River Swim Athletics Badminton
Basketball 3x3 Basketball Cross Country
Cycling Duathlon Equestrian
Football (Soccer) Futsal Golf
Gym Sport Hockey In-line hockey
Indoor rock climbing Karate Lawn Bowls
Moto X Netball Rippa Rugby
Rugby Rugby League Soccer
Spearfishing Surf lifesaving Surfing
Swimming Tennis Touch Rugby
Triathlon Volleyball  

Many of our sports are seasonal and therefore not available throughout the year. Our sporting resources include two gymnasiums, tennis courts, a large playing field, an outdoor swimming pool, rugby fields, soccer fields, cricket wicket/field, climbing wall and indoor basketball, volleyball, badminton and netball courts. Some of our sports are seasonal and are therefore not played throughout the year.


Secondary School Rugby, years 9-13, continues to grow in Mercury Bay and we compete well in our Thames Valley Secondary Schools competition.  

Fees apply for each rugby season.  Boots and mouth guards are the responsibility of players. All playing uniform including socks and shorts are supplied on game days. Practices are held after school on Tuesdays and Thursday from mid March, at school and/or the Mercury Bay Sports Park, Moewai Road. Games are held home and away on Saturdays for boys and Sundays for girls with some mid week games.  

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Welcome to the Mercury Bay Football Club, established since 2006. We currently have 7 divisions from First Kicks through to our adult football league – the Red Devils. We are affiliated with Waibop Football (New Zealand Football) and the WSSFA (Waikato Secondary Schools Association) who organise competitive tables with other schools in the region.

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