JPC Eagle Summer - page 14

ASportingHead Start with the
in Primary Sport
rimary school children need to
be physically active every day.
Right from Kindergarten, children
need quality sports programs to
develop the musculoskeletal and neurological
structures that will support them for a lifetime
of health and activity, as well as improved
cognitive function and social wellbeing.
The Primary Sports Program at John
Paul College is founded upon a movement
based theory known as Long Term Athlete
Development (LTAD), a developmental
pathway whereby athletes follow optimal
training, competition and recovery regimens
from childhood through all phases of adulthood.
“The development of physical literacy
at a young age is essential for the long term
physical, social and psychological wellbeing
of our students,” said Assistant Director
of Activities, Mr Phil Hoyt.
“The vision behind this program is to rethink
how we encourage sport and train our young
people to ensure that they develop a love
of participation in activity. We may even
unearth the next sporting superstar!” he added.
Within our program, students from
Prep to Year 3 are encouraged to participate
in as many sports as possible to build
FUNdamental skills whilst focusing
on the ABCs of sport – Agility, Balance,
Co-ordination and Speed.
The College offers an extensive array
of play-based programs designed with ‘fun’
being the major motivator. Our internally run
programs consist of Foundation Sports (nine
sports), Dinosaur Football, In2Cricket and
Learn to Swim/Squad Swimming and Club
Basketball as well as the external products
offered on campus including Auskick, Mini
Muscles and Rookies2Reds.
Following the FUNdamental stage
of development, students from ages 9-12 enter
the Learning to Train phase of sport. In this
phase, students acquire sport specific skills that
are the cornerstone of athletic development.
Once again, students are encouraged
to participate in multiple sports and not
to specialise as studies have found that
specialisation at a young age increases the
likelihood of burnout, injury and narrow
physical development.
It is at this stage our students enter
the JTAS and club sport scene. An extensive
list of sports is on offer at this stage including
AFL, Athletics, Basketball, Cricket,
Cross Country, Football, Hockey, Netball,
Rugby, Squad Swimming, Tennis and
Touch Football.
Further information regarding the Long Term Athletic Development Program can be found at
The development
of physical literacy at
a young age is essential
for the long term
physical, social and
psychological wellbeing
of our students.
Primary In2Cricket students try out their skills at The Gabba and practise their ball skills
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