Volleyball is an Olympic sport played worldwide by 800 million people. Visit The Great Public Schools’ Association of Queensland (GPS) website, www.gpsqld.org.au
, for updates about the latest Volleyball results and fixtures.
GPS Premiers: 1998, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020
The Churchie First VI were GPS Premiers and holders of the Peter Donaldson Memorial Trophy in 1998, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020. From 2016 to 2018, the Churchie First VI remained undefeated for three consecutive years.
Churchie 2016 First VI
History and GPS Competition
In 1994, volleyball became a GPS sport and Churchie fielded teams in the U13, U15 and Open divisions. The first GPS Volleyball Premiership won by Churchie was in 1998.
In 2022, Churchie Volleyball included 271 players across 29 teams from Years 7 through 12. Teams commence trials and pre-season games in Term 4 with the GPS Volleyball competition played through Term 1. Churchie is a formidable force with twenty-one first-place-winning teams and a further 26 out of 29 teams placing in the top three.
Tyler Nix, Churchie Volleyball MVP 2016 and 2017
Churchie Volleyball is supported by a positive and generous community of dedicated parents forming the Volleyball Support Group (VSG). The VSG assist the School and volleyball programme through donations to school service activities, upgrading facilities and uniforms, coach payments and accreditations, coordinating End of Season Presentation evenings and GPS game day catering.
Tours and tournaments
Churchie Volleyball teams attend the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup competition annually. In 2022, Churchie received a bronze medal in the Open Boys’ honours division at nationals.
Our programme also embarks on international tours, attending the 2014 and 2016 USA Boys’ Junior National Championships in the United States of America.
Churchie players are encouraged to participate in both club and representative Volleyball. The SJPSC has previously hosted the Volleyball Queensland (VQ) Metro League and Spiker Sports competitions and it is also a current training venue for QUT Volleyball Club.
Many Churchie Volleyball players past and present have been selected in Volleyball Queensland state teams and training squads. A number of these boys accept Queensland Academy of Sport scholarships. Several past students have successfully paralleled their school volleyball with membership of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) elite training squads as pathways to junior state and national teams and further AIS Scholarships. Many Old Boys have continued their volleyball journey in the VQ Premier Volleyball League competition.
Churchie vs Gregory Terrace in the SJPSC, 2018