Sporting Pathway Program – a new initiative in 2017
Warrnambool College offers the only Sporting Pathway Program outside of the major cities in Victoria. This new initiative aims to use the passion of sport to engage and expand a student’s learning opportunities at our school. This program involves partnerships with the Exercise and Health Science Faculty at Federation University – Ballarat campus, and a range of elite local coaches and qualified fitness instructors.
The program aims to develop the ‘whole athlete’ with a focus on applied science Strength and Conditioning Programs along with advanced fitness sessions using the latest advances in fitness styles, techniques and equipment. All students involved in the program will complete a minimum three sessions per week in the recently developed High Performance Centre which is fully equipped with the most up to date sports science equipment so that all students have the opportunity to use the same equipment that elite athletes such as AFL footballers, Hockeyroos players and A-League soccer players use as a part of their strength and conditioning programs.
Students will also undertake two sport specific training sessions per week. These sessions will be scheduled before and after school. All sport specific training sessions will be conducted by elite coaches who have been very successful, and in some cases represented their sport at the highest level. For most sports there will be a before and after school training session that students and families will need to make a commitment to.
How the Course is Structured in Year 7:
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Year 7 students involved in the Sporting Pathway Program will not study core PE/Health subjects or iLearn. These subjects are incorporated into the SPP curriculum to ensure all content is covered.
Please note: Being involved in the SPP will have a slight impact on subject offerings in Year 8 2018 . Refer to Year 8 SPP page for more information.
There is a high accountability mechanism built into the program. All students must maintain a 70% or above ‘Attitude and Effort’ grade across all subjects to access the full offerings of the Sporting Pathway Program. Research shows that with the correct attitude and effort then students will achieve their best academic results. If a student drops below this expectation then consequences will be discussed.
What is involved in the four periods per week?
- Two periods of strength and conditioning programs - these periods will be conducted in the new High Performance Centre. All programs will be facilitated and guided by the Sports Science department at Federation University and supervised by fully qualified strength and conditioning coaches.
- One period for advanced fitness sessions – fully supervised by qualified personal fitness instructors.
- One period theory session with a focus on cyber safety, sports science topics such as nutrition, resilience building, mentoring skills and injury prevention and treatment. Students will also complete a reflective journal focusing on athlete wellness.
- Two sport specific training sessions outside of school time
All students will order a unique Sporting Pathways Program uniform that is compulsory for all training sessions and in class activities. The sports on offer will depend on student interest from Grade 6 and current Year 7-9 Warrnambool College students – there will be minimum numbers required to run particular sports.
If you have a passion for sport and believe you want to be the best you can be then this program is for you.
Applications for the program will be accepted after the Sporting Pathways Program information session on 25th MAY beginning at 7.00pm (School Auditorium). Application form attached below.