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Connections - Community Sport

09 September 2016

Students involved in the Community Sport focus group have been learning about sports practices throughout the community.  The aim of the Community Sport group has been to learn about coaching and leadership and what impact positions of responsibility can have on local sporting teams.  Students have researched and observed different coaching styles and learnt how to plan lessons/sessions to train a team.

The first excursion was to Etihad Stadium in Melbourne for a guided tour. The students got to experience what it would be like to train and play at this world class facility and also learn how Etihad Stadium relies on community sponsorship and the employment of thousands of people to continue to be a success.

The second excursion required the students to catch the train from school to Olympic Park in Melbourne to observe elite sporting teams training at Gosh’s Paddock and the Westpac Centre.  The group was able to get up and close to see the Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne Victory train and play in a practice match, and some students were lucky enough to get autographs and photos with the players. The group also saw Melbourne Storm superstars Cam Smith and Billy Slater, which was a highlight for some. 

This knowledge learnt throughout this Term culminated in a series of peer coaching sessions and finally a sports day for the Lara Primary Students. The class was able to take small groups of the Grade 3 and 4 students in planned sports activities and they were able to be proactive when adverse weather conditions came through during the morning.  Both Lara Primary School students and Lara Secondary College students really enjoyed the activities and challenges and it was a positive day.

Students are now working on finishing their research projects and preparing for their Round Table Presentation, scheduled for the last week of term.

 Tim Hebbard

Connections Program Leader