Sporting Pathway Program - Year 8
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 strength and conditioning coaches.
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 a sport specific training session during the week. This session will be scheduled either 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.
How the Course is Structured in Year 8:
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Year 8 students involved in the Sporting Pathway Program will not study core PE and Art/Health subjects.
Please note: this will impact the elective choices for year 9 2021. Refer to Year 9 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 developed by a qualified strength & conditioning coach.
- One period for cardio enhancement – fully supervised by qualified strength and conditioning coaches.
- 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.
- Sport specific training session 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.
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 open in AUGUST.