This course helps to create a more defined pathway for students, both into our High Performance Programme for Year 11–13 students, and beyond school as the students reach for their sporting goals.
The course encourages excellence, and helps the students to develop some strong habits and protocols around performance preparation. It also helps them to become more resilient, adaptable sportspeople.
There are fairly stringent entry requirements in the course, as students must be participating at representative level in their chosen sport, or as a member of a first team at the College to be accepted.
Students have the opportunity to learn from a range of experts while completing the Elite Sports Studies course, including high profile regional and national sportspeople and coaches.
The High Performance Sports programme has been so successful, that in 2016, St Andrew’s introduced the exciting new Elite Sports Studies course to cater for Year 9 and 10 students.
Run by course co-ordinators Rod McIntosh and Mikae Tuu'u, the aim of the programme is to provide a point of difference for young athletes seeking a sharper competitive edge in their chosen sport, and to help them make the step up to the High Performance Sports programme.
“While each sport has its own specific training requirements, there are lots of generic and shared concepts, such as nutrition, principles of training and mental preparation, that are covered in this course. It provides an opportunity to upskill children in the early foundation years, and help them become resilient, adaptable sports men and women who are not afraid of failure, and who will push the boundaries in order to grow.”
Mikae Tuu'u, Programme Co-ordinator
The course has fairly stringent entry requirements, as students must be participating at representative level in their chosen sport, or as a member of a first team at the College to be accepted.
Rugby player Richie Mo’unga (OC 2012) credits the College’s Elite Sports programme for providing him with life changing opportunities that opened the doors for selection into the Canterbury NPC and Crusaders teams.
“The programme was hugely beneficial in helping prepare me for life after school and in the professional environment.”
It’s a sentiment that’s echoed by Charlotte Elley (OC 2014), a member of the New Zealand U21 netball squad and Canterbury’s Tactix.
"St Andrew's College gave me full support in my netball career, they offered me top quality services from mental skills, fitness training and specialist coach. My time in the StAC A netball team is something I value and see as a vital stepping stone on my pathway to my dream netball career."