ELITE SPORTS PROGRAM (E.S.P)

The Elite Sports Program has been established to nurture and develop the academic and sporting achievements of students from Years 7 to 12. The Program aims to build a strong foundation of strength, power and speed in junior athletes and further develop each student’s capacity in their chosen sport in the senior program. The program enhances students’ capacity as an athlete and a student, building leadership, interpersonal and communication skills. Students in the Elite Sports Program have access to elite training and conditioning allowing for a blend of academic development and practical learning.

AIMS OF THE PROGRAM

  • To promote a culture of excellence with a focus on academic, personal and sporting development and performance through a range of programs
  • Providing students with exposure of the requirements of a junior elite athlete by replicating the high expectations of a professional environment.
  • To utilize student interest and passion around sport as a vehicle to engage, to promote lifelong learning and connectedness to the College
  • Assisting students to develop advanced skills, knowledge and an understanding of pathways that foster direct connections with the sport industry beyond the College
  • Develop students’ skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork together with enhancing their wider knowledge of the various components of the sporting industry

ESP VALUES

The Elite Sports Program athletes demonstrate Pride, Equality, Respect and Commitment to their sport and academic success.

COLLEGE VALUES

Personal success, respect & tolerance, honesty & trust. “Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities”

 

BENEFITS / OPPORTUNITIES OF THE PROGRAM

  • Students participate in Accelerated Health Physical & Education classes from Years 7-10
  • Access to high performance training with our partner ACE Performance
  • Complete a range of qualifications and accreditations
  • Access to state of the art training facilities
  • Additional playing opportunities
  • Athlete Personal Development Program – tailored mentoring program

SELECTION REQUIRMENTS

  • Academic success
  • Behaviour and level of effort
  • Achieved minimum GPA & School report (internal applicants)
  • School Report (external applicants)
  • Coach reference
  • Athletic screening
  • Written application and interview

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Attend Talent Identification – complete skill and fitness screening
  • Written application & most recent report
  • Coaches reference
  • Invitation to attend interview

YEAR 7 & 8 JUNIOR ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The junior athlete development program is designed so that students can reach their full athletic potential. The focus is on movement quality which will inevitably create high performing, efficient and injury resilient athletes. The fundamentals of ACE performance sessions are; running, jumping, force absorption, postural stability, flexibility, agility, strength, power, speed, coordination and balance. Students in the Junior development program participate in accelerated Physical Education classes as well 1 x 60-minute-high performance training afterschool.

 

HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING

The high-performance training program is for students in years 9 and 10 that is integrated into their curriculum-based program. This consists of 1 x 60-minute session per week, and 1 x 60-minute stream specific high-performance session per fortnight. Students develop the fundamentals of running to enhance speed, agility and change of direction and receive a personalised strength/power training program catered to their sporting requirements.

Why is there a strength and conditioning component to the ESP Program?

Mount Ridley College has recently partnered with ACE Performance to help provide all students within the ESP program with the best strength and conditioning program available. ACE Performance have been at the forefront of youth development for over 20 years in Australia as they specialise in developing athletes throughout a range of sports, such as AFL, Netball, Rugby League, Basketball and Soccer.

With four facilities open in Melbourne, ACE Performance see over 1000 budding young athletes every week and provide tailored support to help these athletes achieve their sporting goals.

The programs include elements of:

  • Performance testing (every term)
  • Functional movement screen (every term)
  • Pre-training protocols
  • Running technique
  • Agility technique
  • Stability development
  • Power development
  • Strength development
  • Recovery protocols

During puberty, teens often experience growth spurts which leave kids with decreased levels of body awareness and postural stability.  By creating and refining correct movement patterns through full ranges of motion, we can create athletes that are injury resilient and efficient movers.

All ACE Performance coaches’ are degree qualified, have recently completed 12 weeks of performance coach development and have years of experience in the industry.

 

STREAM SPECIFIC TRAINING

The stream specific training program is available for students in Years 9-12 that allows students to train in their chosen sport conducted by Accredited Coaches. Stream specific training takes place before school consisting of 2 x 60-minute sessions.

 

STREAMS OFFERED

Males                                                              Females

Australian Rules Football                               Australian Rules Football

Rugby League                                                Soccer

Basketball (new 2020)                                    Rugby League

Basketball

Netball

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Mount Ridley College utilises a number of community partnerships to deliver a high-quality program. Partners include ACE Performance, NRL Victoria, Craigieburn Eagles Basketball Club and Calder Cannons football club.

 

 

HANDBOOK AND APPLICATION FORMS

2019 ESP Coach Information

ESP Mid-year intake 2019 application form

YEAR 9-12 ESP Coach reference 2019

 

2020 Documentation:

ESP Handbook 2020

ESP Handbook Years 7-8 2020

ESP Year 7 Application form – 2020

ESP Application Years 8-12 2020

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Hamish Pearce – Elite Sports Program Leader

Pearce.hamish.h@edumail.vic.gov.au

Amanda Chircop – Director of Specialised Programs

Chircop.amanda.a@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

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