When Spotswood College opened in 1960, there was no gymnasium built for Physical Education classes or indoor sporting codes. Major fund raising activities took place throughout the 1960’s and on the 11th March, 1970, the gymnasium was opened.

Shortly after the opening, weekly Volleyball practises began for both boys’ and girls’ teams. The College has consistently entered teams in local and national tournaments since 1970, and has established a fine reputation. Spotswood College has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 nationally for co-educational high schools for Volleyball success since the late-1980’s.


Spotswood College has been lucky to have had some outstanding Volleyball coaches since 1970. These coaches have all contributed towards the success that the various teams and individual players have achieved. 

Teaching Staff:

John & Marilyn Kennedy    Girls           1970


Paul & Robyn Keown         Girls          1971 & 1972


Dot Andrews                     Girls          1973 - 1988


Craig Phillips                     Boys          1977


Phil Gayton                       Boys               1978 – 1996

                                            Junior Girls    1986 –

                                            Senior Girls   1987 –


Antony Joe                        Senior Girls   1992 – 1995

                                          Senior Boys  1996 –

                                          Junior Boys   1997 –

Non-Teaching Volunteers:

Regan Potangaroa             Boys & Girls  1988 - 1990


Peter Terlinden                   Boys           1989 – 1995


Dick Borland                       Boys          1991 & 1992


Michael Mc Lorinan             Junior Boys   1994 – 1996


Mark Schmidt                      Girls           1998 & 1999


Robbie Booth                      Boys              1999

                                          Girls              2009 -


Paula Koot-Brennen             Girls            2016 -


AWARDS- For Service to Volleyball:

Phil Gayton              

1998   Service Award to Volleyball New Zealand

1999   Taranaki Sports Awards- Outstanding contribution to Volleyball

2003   Awarded the O.N.Z.M (New Year Royal Honours)

2009   Awarded N.Z.S.S.S.C Service to Sport Award

2014   T.S.S.S.A Service to Secondary School Sport Award

2017   Awarded Life membership of the Spotswood Volleyball Club

2017   Awarded Life membership of Volleyball Taranaki

2017  Awarded Life membership of Volleyball New Zealand

Phil Gayton Spotswood alumni

Antony Joe

2018   T.S.S.S.A. Service to Secondary School Sport Award