Sports Development and Performance Program
The Sports Development and Performance Program, launched in 2022, is a foundational program that aims to engage, nurture and accelerate student participation within school and community sports environments. The program is designed to be inclusive for all students, catering for a variety of sporting abilities and ages whilst promoting a holistic outlook towards personal growth and team-based values.
The program has been designed around three key pathways that support streamlined program delivery whilst allowing students of all ages and abilities to engage in school sports offerings. Each pathway has core focus areas that best support individual sporting journeys and provide a series of initiatives for students to engage with, participate in, and accelerate their sporting pursuits.
What are the three pathways?
The three pathways of the Sports Development and Performance Program are as follows:
- Fundamental Pathway: Healthy Relationships to Sport: Junior School (Kindergarten to Year 6)
- Emerging Pathway: Sports Development and Personal Growth: Senior School (Years 7 to 12)
- Advanced Pathway: Sporting Excellence: Criteria based (Year 7 to 12)
The Sports Development and Performance Program is evolving, and in 2022 there will be a number of initiatives commencing such as the repurposing of the Perth College sports precinct for all students to utilise and enjoy, increase in sports offerings for Junior School students, greater connection to community club participation and sports network contacts, and nurturing our advanced athletes and rowers through tailored strength and conditioning programs.
Why choose this program?
This program was designed to combat some of the current trends for girls in sport, including addressing the key barriers to that are currently responsible for declining sport participation rates. The Suncorp Australian Youth & Confidence Research 2019 highlighted the following results:
- Nearly 50% of girls turn their back on sport by the age of 17
- Girls aged between 15 and 17 spend 2.5 hours less time than boys (of the same age) undertaking physical activity each week
- 1 in 3 girls aged between 11 and 17 years have stopped playing sport because 'they don’t think they are really good at it'
- 1 in 2 parents of girls aged between 13 and 17 years believe playing sport is a key confidence booster
- 1 in 2 parents of girls are concerned about their daughter's self-esteem
- 2 in 3 girls aged between 11 and 17 years acknowledge that sport can make them feel more confident and great about themselves
- Adolescent girls and their parents believe sport teaches them (about);
- Connecting with friends
- Feeling more confident
- Bouncing back in difficult times
How does the PC Sports Development and Performance Program support this data?
- We will invest into our coaching capabilities to ensure PC students are provided with positive, inclusive and advanced teaching environments within WA school sports.
- We will strengthen our sports delivery (in every year level) providing unique engagement and development opportunities for all student abilities.
- We will deliver tailored training programs and learning initiatives for targeted Senior School students who display advanced standing within their preferred sport.
- We will connect with specific external providers and key partners who can elevate our school sports delivery whilst strengthening community club relationships for ongoing student participation across multiple sporting disciplines.
- We will work closely with our PC community to clearly communicate our program offerings and identify the benefits the program will bring to PC students.
- We will prioritise holistic development within the program, so students establish healthy connections to sport and continue to remain physically active throughout their lives once graduating.
Perth College will be working with a number of partners to enable this program to thrive throughout the year, including:
- Athlete Alliance
- Complete Athlete
- East Perth Eagles Basketball Association
- East Perth Football Club
- East Perth District (WAFC)
- Hale Hockey Club
- Perth Running Club
- With more to follow...
Find out more information about this exciting program via our video below, where the program is introduced by Adam Selwood, our Head of Sports Development and Performance.