The St Paul's Corinthians Football team were invited to compete in division one of the Waikato Men's competition.
For the past two seasons, since their inauguration in 2018, the team has played in division two. Without a doubt, the invitation was extended to the team as a consequence of the very positive profile they have built up both on and off the field in a relatively short space of time. On the field, the team have always exemplified and demonstrated the ideals of sportsmanship and respect and they always play in an effervescent style that celebrates football skill and artistry; off the field, their hospitality has become much-talked about in the football community, with Chef Warner and his team serving up salubrious after-match meals to opposing teams.
The news of entry into division one will be greeted with great enthusiasm by the senior St Paul's students who played for the team last year and have already been training in earnest for the 2020 season: Chris Skinner, Charlie Jackson, Hamish Walton and Cooper Robinson will join Mr Rameka and Mr Groom, along with numerous Collegians, in continuing the Corinthians journey. The Corinthians motto is 'Vai na fe' which is Portuguese for 'go in faith'. This motto, and the image that goes with it, is a homage to Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio de Janiero and reference to the St Paul's Collegiate School's Christian heritage. Without doubt, the faith of the Corinthians has been rewarded, as they have now been elevated to a new and celebrated status for season 2020.