The Academy of Sport continues to thrive and to develop the talents of our young sportsmen. The high demand for places, and the extremely high standard of applicants that the programme receives is indicative of the increasing awareness in the local community of what the Academy has to offer. There are five sports available: Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Football and Rugby.
The opportunity for identified talent to train in the hours of daylight, with highly qualified coaches throughout the school year, offers these athletes the time to perfect existing skills and to learn and develop a wider range of new skills. The students also learn from each other, in an environment that fosters and encourages them to be confident and willing to make mistakes, with the ultimate goal of working towards becoming an elite performer.
Selection is not limited to pure sporting talent. There must be recognition from the students that they uphold standards of academic effort and focus in all subjects. All intermediate school students entering high school whether in or out of zone who wish to perform at an elite level are encouraged to apply. A separate application form must be completed during the enrolment process. Please contact the Academy of Sport Director, Mr A McBride for any further details.
As always, the Form 3 group must reapply for the programme for their Form 4 year and particular attention is given to their year’s academic performance. The students at Form 4 level, as well as continuing to receive practical instruction in their code of strength receive an additional 1 period of sports theory. This includes:
- Strength and Conditioning Training: Mr F Brown onsite in our Fitness Centre
- Specific Sports training
- Access to the Fitness Centre 1 period per week and after school
This provides a good base of understanding for progression into senior Physical Education, as well as vital knowledge to be used in the development of their sporting careers.
The Academy of Sport Director is Mr A McBride, and the following staff coach the various sports in the Academy:
The programmes that these coaches have developed, and the insistence on extremely high standards combined with the obvious talent and aptitude the boys bring to each coaching session, create a great recipe for success.
The contribution that the Academy of Sport students make when representing the school in regular competition or tournaments is substantial. It is such that all codes have experienced championship-winning success based on a core of Academy of Sport members.