"Sports are not merely the exercise of muscles, but the school of moral values and of training in courage, in perseverance, and in overcoming laziness and carelessness. There is no doubt that these values are of greatest interest for the formation of a personality which considers sports not an end in itself but as a means to total and harmonious physical, moral and social development."
- Pope John Paul II
The Sports Academies at St. Thomas More are designed to challenge and inspire each participant. Access to expert instruction and high intensity training provide students with a unique opportunity to excel in their chosen sport. Both the Soccer and the Hockey Academies also offer students opportunities to develop life-skills such as organizational strategies, time management skills, visualization techniques and self-discipline.
The St. Thomas More Sports Academies are open to boys and girls at varying levels of skill development. Students take their core academic subjects in the morning and participate in the Sports Academy in the afternoon. The Academies offer dedicated training in the student's chosen sport as well as cross-training and fitness activities. Admission to the Sports Academies at St. Thomas More is dependent upon satisfactory standing in academic courses.
The Sports Academies are fully funded by program fees.
The St. Thomas More Sports Academies are affiliated with the Sports Academies offered at St. Francis Xavier High School.
The Hockey Academy at St. Thomas More offers students a variety of on and off ice training sessions. On-ice sessions include hockey fundamentals such as skating, puck-handling, checking, passing, and tactics. On-ice sessions take place in a number of west Edmonton arenas. Off-ice sessions include team-building, cross-training, weight training, uni-hockey, floor hockey, mental training, character development and various field trips. Mr. Wade Burt is the Lead Teacher for our hockey academy. Mr. Burt has extensive hockey experience. He has played for the University of Alberta Golden Bears and has extensive coaching experience. The fees for the hockey program are $250.00 per month. The Academy runs from September through June. Payment options can be arranged by contacting the school.