Sport is a very important part of adolescent development. It provides students with increased fitness, a focus on health, team skills and sportsmanship. Students in Year 6 compete in the Balaclava District competition which is part of Schools Sport Victoria. Students in Years 7 and 8 compete in the Eastern Independent Schools Melbourne (EISM) competition. There is a wide range of sports offered each week as well as through various one day competitions. Recently, King David has successfully won the annual Championships in the following sports – touch rugby, table tennis, netball, basketball, tennis. Other sports that the students participate in are swimming, athletics, soccer, AFL, volleyball, hockey, cross country, softball, cricket.
As well as the inter-school mainstream sports, KDS also competes each year in the ABL Australian Jewish Snowsports Competition at Mt Buller, the Victorian Interschools Gymnastics Competition, the Victorian College Championships – Basketball and the State Netball Schools Competition. King David also registers a large team of cyclists from Primary and Secondary into the Great Vic Bike Ride (GVBR) event each year. Last year, there were over 40 student cyclists who participated in the GVBR and the School was proud to be awarded “Best School” for the students’ team spirit and sportsmanship.
As the students progress through the School, they have the opportunity to compete in Inter-House Athletics and Swimming as well as team games.
KDS offers to all students from Years 3 to 8 the opportunity to participate in before and after school training which is run by the School’s specialised coaches at no extra cost. The sports that are offered during this time are swimming, athletics, cross country running, soccer, table tennis, basketball, cricket and AFL football.
At the end of the sporting year, the School holds a Sports Assembly, hosting an elite sports person as an inspirational speaker for the students as we celebrate the year’s success in sport.