Wellington Phoenix Academy Students Excel in Football and Academia


Five of Wellington Phoenix’ Academy students have been received prizes for their academic achievements at Scots College at the schools’ annual end of year prize giving.

The Academy which is based at Scots College but is also formally aligned with Rongotai College and St Patrick’s College Wellington, is a high performance centre with the aim of producing the next generation of professional football players as well as students with a strong academic foundation.

Two of the Wellington Phoenix Academy students, Joe Bell and Washington Bgoni (both year 11), were awarded the Academic Effort prize at the Scots College Prize Giving. The award recognises diligent work and their commitment towards studies in a range of subjects throughout the year.

Eugenio Pizzuto, a year seven student, was presented the same award at the Scots College Middle School Prize Giving.

Sam Philip, year 10, was awarded the Subject Prize for Physical Education and the Houghton Cup for endeavour in middle school physical education.

Jake Williams, year 9, was awarded the Service Prize which reflects service contributions to the school that had gone beyond expectations. Jake Williams has also been appointed as the Middle School Leader for 2015 for MacKenzie House in recognition of this. 

Joe Bell who was awarded the Academic Effort Awards says that the Academy has helped him fulfil his potential.

“The Wellington Phoenix Academy had helped me out in so many ways.

“It has helped me to achieve my dreams both as a footballer and with my studies.

I have really enjoyed my year in the Academy and I am proud to be a member of it.”

Academy Manager Jane Smith says that the Academy has enabled the students to really flourish in both their football and academic careers.

“The Academy has inspired many of our students to “believe” in themselves.

The academy has truly worked hard in bringing enthusiasm to our students in pursuing both their football and academic futures.”