Our Sports Science Program builds faster, stronger, more tactically advanced student athletes through the Athlete Development Program and our 4 pillar sports – Rugby, Soccer, Netball, Volleyball.

Rugby – Soccer – Volleyball – Netball – Athlete Development

Sport Science at The Grange P-12 College is select entry program that pursues the sporting ability of students through an academic lens. The program builds the capacities of students as they participate in and around sporting environments in a variety of different roles. Our Student Athletes receive specialised physical and theoretical training in their area of choice – Rugby, Volleyball, Soccer or Netball. All student athletes undergo state of the art fitness testing at Victoria University as well endless opportunities to engage with our partner programs including:

  • Biomechanics Laboratory at Victoria University
  • Wyndham Technical School
  • One-on-one mentoring through Iron Armour
  • VRU – Melbourne Rebels Academy and High Performance
  • NRL – Melbourne Strom – In League in Harmony
  • NRL Women’s Academy
  • Sporting Schools
  • North Melbourne Football Club Community Development

All students participating in the program not only work within the context of the College Values of Respect, Learning and Working Together but also values which support integrity within sport – Strong, Proud and Humble.

All students enrolled in our Sports Science Academy wear the Academy Sports Uniform (shirt and shorts), which is included as part of the academy fees. Additional clothing items outside of this will be available through our online BLK purchasing portal in early 2019.

The Athlete Development Program is currently offered to students from Grade 5 to Year 12 with varying training and academic regimes at the different year levels. Navigate your way through the tabs to see how each program is designed.

We encourage you to make contact with our College to seek further information regarding access to our Sports Science Academy. Our key student entry points are Grade 5, Year 7 and Year 9. If you seek enrolment at other year levels we will also be pleased to discuss this with you.

We are currently taking enrolments for the 2019 school year. There exists high demand from our currently enrolled students to move into the Sports Science Academy so it is very important to make contact with the College as soon as possible.

We are accepting students who are committed to aspiring to leadership roles within the College, seeking a career within sports related industries, students wanting to enrol in sports courses at University or TAFE and those students with strong sporting and academic skills.

View the Sports Science Academy flyer

 

Year 9 & 10 Rugby

The Grange P-12 College Rugby stream within the Sports Science Academy has a strong partnership with Victorian Rugby Union and Victorian Rugby League to facilitate high level coaching sessions.

Student Athletes will become faster, stronger and more tactically advanced players through specialised training programs.

The Rugby stream is capped at 20 males, and 20 females respectively with students receiving specialised skills coaching from Melbourne Rebels Coach, Pom Simona. Additionally, the partnership the College has with Victorian NRL sees specific training, coaching and industry related skills delivered through the Careers in Sport Elective.  Strength and Conditioning is run by Head Coach Josh Adams who has an in-depth knowledge and understanding surrounding the physical abilities and deficiencies of growing rugby athletes to specifically target power, strength and endurance through weightlifting, gymnastic and cardiovascular movements.

A typical training week is as follows for a Rugby student.

  • 7.30-8.30am Wednesday – Rugby skills training
  • 3.14-4.15pm Wednesday – Strength and Conditioning
  • 7.30-8.30am Friday – Strength and Conditioning

Academic elective subjects on offer.

  • Year 9 – Sport Science (4 sessions)  
  • Year 9 – Careers in Sport (4 sessions)
  • Year 9 – Fitness (4 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Fitness and Physiology (5 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Health and Physical Education (5 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Healthy Lifestyles (5 sessions)
  • Unit 1/2 VET Sport and Rec. (5 sessions)

For more information on subjects, please see our Course Handbook

Sample timetable of Year 9 Rugby Student:

Sample timetable of Year 9 Rugby Student

Sample timetable of Year 10 Rugby Student:

Sample timetable of Year 10 Rugby Student

Year 9 & 10 Soccer

The Grange P-12 College Soccer stream within the Sports Science Academy has strong partnerships with Football Federation Vic and Futsal Vic to facilitate high level coaching sessions and industry related theory through elective subjects.

Student Athletes will become faster, more skilled and tactically advanced players through specialised training programs specific to their needs.

Head coach of the Soccer Academy is Rocco Giovanniello who has expansive knowledge and experience in the soccer industry through a variety of roles. Currently holding an AFC ‘C’ Licence and coaching out of Yarraville Glory, Mr Giovanniello is able to develop advanced skills, self-discipline and teamwork through training sessions. Specific soccer training is performed weekly as well as strength and conditioning to increase coordination, muscular power and endurance to enhance performance on field. Student athletes accepted into this program receive individualised training programs and feedback to ensure each person is challenges and progresses to their full potential.

A typical training week is as follows for a Soccer student.

  • 3.14-4.15pm Wednesday – Soccer skills training
  • 12.40-1.20pm Thursday – Strength and Conditioning

Academic elective subjects on offer.

  • Year 9 – Sport Science (4 sessions)
  • Year 9 – Careers in Sport (4 sessions)
  • Year 9 – Fitness (4 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Fitness and Physiology (5 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Health and Physical Education (5 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Healthy Lifestyles (5 sessions)
  • Unit 1/2 VET Sport and Rec. (5 sessions)

For more information on subjects, please see our Course Handbook

Sample timetable of Year 9 Soccer Student:

Sample timetable of Year 9 Soccer Student

Sample timetable of Year 10 Soccer Student:

Sample timetable of Year 10 Soccer Student

Year 9 & 10 Volleyball

The Grange P-12 College Volleyball stream within the Sports Science Academy has a strong partnership with Volleyball Victoria to facilitate high level coaching sessions and industry related theory.

Student Athletes will become more technically and tactically advanced players through specialised training programs.

Head Coach of the Volleyball Academy, Trish O’Neill has lead a number of teams through to State Championships with her comprehensive knowledge of tactics and team cohesion in pressure situations. Ms. O’Neill tailors training sessions to specifically focus on whole body power for high vertical jump, spike and block movements whilst improving coordination and reaction time through a variety of weightlifting, plyometric, gymnastic and cardiovascular movements. Sessions are designed to both engage and challenge students as they are pushed outside their comfort zone.

A typical training week is as follows for a Volleyball student.

  • 3.14-4.15pm Wednesday – Volleyball skills training
  • 12.40-1.20pm Friday – Strength and Conditioning

Academic elective subjects on offer.

  • Year 9 – Sport Science (4 sessions) 
  • Year 9 – Careers in Sport (4 sessions)
  • Year 9 – Fitness (4 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Fitness and Physiology (5 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Health and Physical Education (5 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Healthy Lifestyles (5 sessions)
  • Unit 1/2 VET Sport and Rec. (5 sessions)

For more information on subjects, please see our Course Handbook

Sample timetable of Year 9 Volleyball Student:

Sample timetable of Year 9 Volleyball Student

Sample timetable of Year 10 Volleyball Student:

Sample timetable of Year 10 Volleyball Student

Year 9 & 10 Netball

The Grange P-12 College Netball stream within the Sport Science Academy delivers netball focussed skill progressions along with specialised strength and conditioning training to become faster, stronger more powerful athletes with a focus on weight lifting and cardiovascular training to build both strength and endurance for the netball court.

Head Coach, Kendall Clarke has extensive playing and coaching knowledge surrounding netball to develop student athlete’s technical and tactical gameplay. Training sessions combine both netball skills and strength and conditioning to target efficiency in specific movement patterns, incorporating speed, agility, strength and power. Strength and conditioning sessions combine weightlifting, gymnastics, plyometric and cardiovascular training that is specifically tailored to the students’ abilities to a challenging yet achievable level to develop overall netball athletes.

A typical training week is as follows for a Netball student.

  • 7.30-8.30am Tuesday – Volleyball skills training
  • 7.30-8.30am Thursday – Strength and Conditioning

Academic elective subjects on offer.

  • Year 9 – Sport Science (4 sessions)
  • Year 9 – Careers in Sport (4 sessions)
  • Year 9 – Fitness (4 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Fitness and Physiology (5 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Health and Physical Education (5 sessions)
  • Year 10 – Healthy Lifestyles (5 sessions)
  • Unit 1/2 VET Sport and Rec. (5 sessions)

For more information on subjects, please see our Course Handbook

Sample timetable of Year 9 Netball Student:

Sample timetable of Year 9 Netball Student

Sample timetable of Year 10 Netball Student:

Sample timetable of Year 10 Netball Student

Year 9-12 Athlete Development Program

The Grange P-12 College Athlete Development Program within the Sports Science Academy is designed to build the overall physical capacities of athletes.

Student Athletes participate in specialised strength and conditioning training to become faster, stronger more powerful athletes with a focus on weight lifting and cardiovascular training to build both strength and endurance.

Training sessions specifically start with a strength or technique focussed element where weightlifting or gymnastic movements such as clean and jerk, deadlift, toes to bar and pull ups are targeted. Following this, aerobic capacity is improved through a ‘sweat session’ where student athletes work individually or in partnerships to develop teamwork, communication and physical capabilities in a challenging situation. In doing this, core, upper and lower body movements are performed to improve the overall athlete in their chosen domain.

Partnerships with Melbourne Rebels, Rugby Vic, and NRL also run specific high performance strength and conditioning sessions with Student Athletes within the Academy to work 1 on 1 and provide individualised feedback and programming to ensure maximal development can occur.

Dietitian Georgia Fassoulidis from Nutrition Prescription is available by appointment to provide student athletes with additional advice and education surrounding a healthy diet for performance and meeting personal goals.

Please see Pathways for detailed mapping of students subject choices in Years 11 and 12.

Year 7 & 8 Athlete Development Program

The Grange P-12 College Athlete Development Program within the Sports Science Academy is designed to build the overall physical capacities of athletes.

Student Athletes participate in specialised strength and conditioning training to become faster, stronger more powerful athletes.

They will work with Sport Scientists to develop individualised training programs that specifically target and build upon their strengths and weaknesses.

In 2019, student athletes will be involved in a specialised learning program whereby theoretical and practical sessions will be embedded in their day-to-day schooling.

This is a highly specialised mini-school program. Students will combine an academic program together with key studies and training within the sports environment. This program will be supported by its own teacher leaders and its own wellbeing support, utilising Iron Armour where highly individualised mentoring, coaching, life skills and psychology associated with a sports mindset will develop.

Sample timetable of Year 7/8 Academy Student:

Sample timetable of Year 7:8 Academy Student

5 Academy classes are explicitly broken down in the following ways:

  • 2 x practical Strength and Conditioning sessions with high performance guests from partnership programs such as Melbourne Rebels, Melbourne Storm and Again Faster athletes
  • 3 x theoretical sessions.        
    • This is where NRL programs such as ‘Backyard League’, ‘One Community’ and ‘In League In Harmony’ as well as Sport Science discovery programs are run. Sport Science units utilise state of the art facilities at the new Wyndham Tech School. Sports Technology is discovered in greater detail investigating video imagery in sport using GoPros, drones and handheld devices, sports clothing and prosthetic devices.

At the commencement of the year, the student’s physical capabilities are measured and individualised progression plans are tailored to enable them to achieve to their best ability throughout the year. Development is monitored during the year with specialised testing also occurring mid year and at the completion of the year.

Practical components are complimented by theory, which is designed to engage and push student athletes to question process and design in the sporting industry. Food technology sessions are tailored to suit student athlete needs, focussing on nutrition required to fuel growing athletic bodies for optimal performance and enhancement of performance.

Year 5 & 6 Athlete Development Program

The Grange P-12 College Sport Science Academy starts at Grade 5, where students are identified who are highly motivated in both sporting and academic studies are embedded in the growing program through physical and theoretical classes.

At Grade 5 and 6, the program is designed around the acquisition of skills and conditioning training to develop young motivated prospective athletes, with specialised classes occurring each week in the Strength and Conditioning Facility at the Senior Campus. In addition to this, Student Athletes receive two hours of specialised rugby coaching in one hour blocks of Union (Rugby Vic) and League (NRL Vic).

Theory classes are tailored to athlete nutrition and knowledge required for safe training and injury prevention in the sporting industry.

From Grades 5 and 6, students will be able to elect to join one of our four pillar sports, Rugby, Volleyball, Soccer or Netball (depending on demand, Cricket may be introduced in 2019).  All programs will receive specialised skills coaching in addition to strength and conditioning training. Each of the sports has a strong relationship to State and National bodies.

The Sports Science Academy develops pathways of study into the senior years and has a partnership with Victoria University. These programs are based upon Sports Science, Biomechanics, VET Sport and Recreation and may also lead into broader health related areas of study.

Sample timetable of Year 5/6 Academy Student:

Sample timetable of Year 5:6 Academy Student

Pathways

The Sports Science Academy is a discrete program that runs from Grade 5 to Year 12 at The Grange P-12 College whereby students are encouraged to select from the specified pathways below.

There are a number of options that Student Athletes may select to enhance their understanding and help them to advance in their area of interest within the Sports Science Industry.

From Year 11, students can elect either of the VCE or VCAL streams to suit their career aspirations. If students aim to go to University, the VCE pathway will specifically move students into studies in Sports and Exercise Science, Human Movement, Sports Psychology and Physiotherapy. The VCAL pathway is utilised by students who wish to join the sporting industry immediately after Year 12, in roles such as Sport and Recreation Management, Personal Training, Professional Coaching or Team Management and Promotion.

Student Athletes who are apart of the Academy are encouraged to follow the prescribed pathway as listed below. Please see the Course Handbook for more information.

SportScienceAcademyPathways

Our Sport Science Academy program is strongly linked to science via research and projects into biomechanics, physiology, human movement, nutrition and performance enhancement. Project based work will take place in collaboration with Wyndham Technical Hub located at Victoria University.

Wellbeing

The school places high expectations on students involved in pillar programs. It is therefore very important that all students involved in the Sport Science Academy represent the College accordingly both during and outside class time.

It is integral to the program’s aims that students remember they are a student first and an athlete second. All Sport Science Academy staff monitor students’ effort, classwork, behaviour/attitude and attendance, with poor performance, putting their place in the program at risk of probation, as per the probation policy.

The College is very pro-active in its support of students by offering Homework club sessions on Tuesday from 3.30 to 4.30pm and we also have a fantastic group of Student Managers, Welfare staff and also outside organisations such as Iron Armour Academy that deal with any student issues that may arise.

Iron Armour Academy specifically deal with student athlete wellbeing issues, giving one-on-one time for athletes mental and emotional health and wellbeing to ensure they can play their game both on and off the field to the best of their ability.

Partnerships

The Grange P-12 College would like to take this opportunity to recognise the National Sporting Organisations and Stakeholders who have committed to supporting the Sports Science Academy.

Iron Armour Academy

The Iron Armour Academy (IAA)

The Iron Armour Academy (IAA) is a not-for-profit organisation that was established to provide opportunities for aspiring athletes and support athletes on and off the field through physical, spiritual and mental training. Our students will be undertaking the IAA Bounce Program which is a sports mentoring program with a keen focus on helping develop students into role models within our school, their families and the community. Students will develop strategies and practice skills required to lead a healthy life with lessons targeted at age appropriate health and life related topics. Topics include Being Active, Team Building, Healthy Relationships, Attitude & Behaviour, Encouraging others, Resilience and Social Skills. One on one mentoring is also available for students.

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Again Faster Equipment

To help our students with their fitness training our gym has been provided with the latest equipment by Again Faster Equipment. With over a decade of experience in partnering with schools, Again Faster has been able to provide us with a high value investment to support our school and community initiatives. Not only does Again Faster provide equipment to schools but individuals can also purchase equipment to continue working towards their fitness goals at home.

Victoria University of Technology

Victoria University 

Identified by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, Victoria University was ranked in the top 2% in the world. We are extremely honoured to be able to partner with Victoria University where our Sports Science Academy students will be given the opportunity to undertake an accelerated pathway into Tertiary education. VU is excited to be part of the Sport and Recreation Industry Pathway (SARIP) program, supporting secondary school students to achieve their aspirations in sport. The SARIP program delivers a quality sport based curriculum, which supports students’ study in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). As part of the SARIP program, students from The Grange P-12 College will have the opportunity to participate in Physiology and Biomechanics testing and other exciting projects.

Melbourne Rebels

Rugby Union & Melbourne Rebels

After joining the Super Rugby Competition in 2011, the Melbourne Rebels have developed the reputation of a hard-working and exciting Club. The clubs values of Excellence, Integrity, Passion and Unity drive the way they engage, respond and perform on a daily basis and will be the key to their success and sustainability as a Club. We look forward to working together closely through our Melbourne Rebels Academy in Schools program and hope many of our students will successfully undertake the pathway program Melbourne Rebels offer.

Melbourne Storm

NRL Victoria & Melbourne Storm

We have successfully been able to establish a positive and close working relationship with NRL Victoria. We hope to continue this relationship and work together with the Melbourne Storm who is Victoria’s leading Rugby League Team in the National Rugby League Competition.  Playing in a total of seven grand finals we hope the Melbourne Storm’s Club values of family, accountability, hard work, respect and passion will inspire our students to believe in our values Strong, Proud, Humble. The Grange P-12 College were also fortunate to be the first Victorian school to pilot the In League In Harmony program.

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BLK

We are extremely lucky to have all of our Sports Science Academy sportswear custom designed and provided by BLK. The Sports Science Academy apparel is made specifically for our Athlete Development, Rugby, Netball and Soccer Programs providing students with high quality, innovative and comfortable apparel. A variety of items will be available for purchase directly from our online purchasing portal shortly.

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Volleyball Victoria

Volleyball Victoria Incorporated is a Member state of the Australian Volleyball Federation and recognised within their Constitution to administer the sport of Volleyball in the State of Victoria. As such Volleyball Victoria will be working to promote and develop the sport by increasing participation levels and developing athletes, coaches and referees. Working together with Volleyball Victoria, we hope to increase the interest and skill level of students within our school whilst contributing to the promotion and development of Volleyball.

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Football Federation Victoria & Football Federation Australia

Football Federation Australia was established in 2004 and Football Federation Victoria is a governing body member of this. We hope to be able to work closely with Football Federation Victoria to provide our students with positive experiences and knowledge of the game of Football.

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Nutrition Prescription

Nutrition Prescription is devoted to the nutritional needs of individuals who can benefit from a highly personalised strategic diet plan designed by a dietician in order to reach and maintain their optimal health, sports and weight goals. With a highly skilled and knowledgeable team, Nutrition Prescription will work closely with our students to build successful long term nutrition strategies based on their nutritional goals. Additional appointments are also available for the College community not just Sports Science Academy students.

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Fitness Frenzy

Fitness Frenzy is a local business who utilises and run our gym when it is not being used by our Sports Science Academy. They are dedicated to providing clients with standard and customised training programs to help them achieve their optimal health and well-being level. Their Personal Training aims to help their clients set realistic, achievable targets through tailored exercise programs with enjoyment and variety.