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Athlete Sports Development Programme

The Athlete Sports Development programme (Years 9–10) is an innovative programme designed to cater for young sports people interested in developing their knowledge in what it takes to become a high-performing student athlete.

Content is delivered progressively over two years and students involved in this course will learn valuable lessons to assist with all areas of life. Lessons are based around four key pillars of performance delivered by teachers with expert knowledge in the areas of:

  • strength and conditioning;
  • sport specific skills;
  • mental skills;
  • life and character development.

The ultimate goal for the Athlete Sports Development programme is to teach our students to be better people, better teammates, better communicators and enjoy being teenagers whilst providing practical tools they can use on a daily basis in and out of their chosen sports.

This course helps to create a more defined pathway for students into our Athlete Sports Performance programme for Year 11–13 students where they have greater opportunities to apply what they have learnt as well as continue to develop their knowledge.

Selection – Athlete Sports Development

All students are open to apply to the Athlete Sports Development programme. If the programme is oversubscribed selection will be based on level of representation/achievement in chosen sports, attitude and application if applicable.  

Pathway to the Podium - Testimonials

Pathway to the Podium

Rugby player Richie Mo’unga (OC 2012) credits the College’s Athlete 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."