Sports Facilities at The Scots College
The Lions Den
The Lions Den is the home of The Scots College basketball program. A blend of tradition, atmosphere, and a high-level of play matched by few, the Lions Den is known as one of the most formidable venues to compete. When you think of a home game at Scots, it’s easy to picture the screaming Scots fans that seem to never stop urging their Lions to victory. The Premiership banners that gracefully sit on the wall provide a sense of history and achievement over a long period of time. The Lions Den is a great training facility for all College athletes, whether its a cross training session, or athletes 'getting shots up’ on the basketball shooting gun, the Lions Den has a committed training atmosphere all year round.
John Solomon Sports Club
Dr John Solomon (Old Boy 1947)
'The Thinking Man of Rugby’
John Solomon’s prowess as an athlete was very evident during his time at The Scots College. He was a member of the 1st XV from 1944 to 1947, the 1st XI in 1946 and 1947, captaining both teams in his final year. He broke sprinting and long jump records, winning two silver medals at NSW Schoolboy level as an Under 15 and was a member of the Scots senior athletic team that won the GPS athletics in 1947. He went on to represent the GPS for Cricket, Athletics and Rugby, and was joint winner of the Honour Cap in 1946, winning this award outright in 1947. He was also appointed both Senior Boarding Prefect and Head Prefect. Solomon was renowned as an intelligent player who could read a Rugby game very effectively. He was much admired for his astute leadership, captaining and coaching the Sydney University side, and captaining Australia 31 times including eight tests. John Solomon studied Medicine at Sydney University, specialising in Gynaecology at Oxford, later becoming a founding member of the King George V Gynaecological Cancer Unit, the first such unit in New South Wales.
The John Solomon Sports Club has a strong commitment to ensuring that a challenging, stimulating and safe environment is available to all athletes wishing to improve components of health and fitness. At the core of our philosophy is the integration of the following pillars of success; The John Solomon Sports Club is at the epicentre of athletic preparation and elite performance. It is comprised of highly motivated and engaged Strength & Conditioning staff with a wealth of experience and expertise in athletic preparation and injury resistance.
The College Main Oval is home to the College 1st XV Rugby and 1st XI Cricket teams. The Main Oval is one of the most iconic schoolboy sporting venues, as it is placed elegantly next to one of the most spectacular views in the world, Sydney Harbour. At 3.15pm on a gorgeous winter Saturday afternoon, where the 1st XV Rugby team looks to defend its home turf, the grandstands at Scots are saturated with the College colours, while the bagpipes are belting out 'flower of Scotland’, the Scots community stands united.
“By providing experiences of excellence, team spirit and adventure, the boys are challenged to fully realise their inner strengths and individual resources, providing a platform for them to flourish in life. This is the heart of The Scots College’s Glengarry Outdoor Education Program.”
Located in the pristine Kangaroo Valley, two hours south west of Sydney, Glengarry provides a learning environment in which the boys discover the tools they need to grow into fine young men.
The Glengarry outdoor education activities include:
- Run and ride program
- Climbing and abseiling
- Camping – living off the land
- Canoeing and (sea) kayaking
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
The Scots College Boatshed is the most iconic GPS boatshed on the Parramatta River. In recent years it has had a number of developments to benefit the 200+ rowing athletes at the College. The facility is a three level building, with the ability to facilitate all the day to day needs of the athletes. It includes a boating area that houses upwards of 40 rowing boats, ranging from Eights to Single Sculls, a dining area overlooking the Parramatta River where the boys will eat after training, an upstairs study with full internet access for night’s in, where the boys will sleep at the shed, in the two dorms that sleep up to 20 boys. The sight of The Scots College Boatshed from the river is magnificent and admired by all that pass it.