Sports Development Programmes - Year 9 and 10

An opportunity exists for students to be selected into Development Programmes in the following sports: Cricket, Netball, Rugby and Football.

Trials are held at the start of Year 9 and selection is based mainly on ability, though other criteria are used for example attitude,  behaviour and passion for the code.

The Development classes are taken by our Code Heads in each of these sports. These Code Heads also coach our Premier teams in their respective sport. These classes focus on skill development, tactical awareness, strength and conditioning, mental awareness and general well-being.

2020 Code Heads:

Cricket - Mark Greatbatch

Netball - Nicola Lewis-Clifford

Rugby - Tasesa Lavea

Football - Brian Shelley


Rugby Development Programme for year 9 and 10

For the rugby programme trials are held in February of that year for classes to be selected.

Students learn basic technique principles of rugby, catch- pass, tackle technique and breakdown skills.  Strength and conditioning - students learn functional movement patterns, learning basic core exercises, speed and agility drills, led by strength and conditioning coaches. 

Field based conditioning sessions - are very challenging, physical contact/body conditioning with short and long running blocks. Fitness levels are monitored by specific running testing throughout the year to ensure students are fit enough to play at a consistent level. 

Students prepare a weekly performance training plan at the beginning of the week, this includes individual goal setting, technique work ons, conditioning work ons and balance with school life and academic focus.


Netball Development Programme for year 9 and 10

The Netball Development Class educates players on the holistic skillsets required to be a better athlete and a better person. We focus on the technical, tactical and psychological components used by athletes to achieve their best and combine those learnings alongside how we behave within a team and training environment based against ethical and moral considerations.

Areas the class covers include:

  • Fundamental netball skills that require thought as well as physical reactions
  • Tactical strategies
  • Nutrition
  • Coping strategies to manage performance stress and anxiety
  • The theoretical concepts surrounding teamwork and cohesion
  • Game and individual analysis
  • Strength and Conditioning



Cricket Development Programme for year 9 and 10

Overview of Program

  • Basic Principles of the Game
    Solid Balance/Efficient Movement/Quality Decision-Making, Practical Sessions- Player Assessment measures, Key Fielding Principles, Classroom Work using Live Footage of Excellence, Tactical Awareness Learning
  • The Laws of the Game
  • The History of the Game
  • Mental Skills Required for the Game
  • Routines, Switching On and Off Techniques, Decision-Making Process- Bowler vs Batter and Batter vs Bowler, Game Toughness, Professional Sports Psychologist Presentations
  • Strength and Conditioning Introduction
  • Learning the basic fundamentals to ensure safety and good technique
  • Understanding how S&C can relate/help to their specific skill area/s  
  • Premier Player Characteristics 



Football development programme for year 9 and 10

First and foremost we look to create a positive and fun learning environment for our players. We are passionate about developing footballers and good people based on the 4 corner approach (Technical, Physical, Tactical, Mental).

One of our aims is to develop players for our 1st XI Boys & Girls teams. We also want to ensure we have multiple pathways for our players with a focus on the individual player and their needs. The programme consists of 4 periods over a 7 day timetable.

One of the 4 periods is dedicated to strength and conditioning which takes place in our state of the art fitness centre with our S&C coach. The other three periods are a combination of technical and classroom work.


 These Development classes are built into the College timetable. Students forgo an option to attend these classes. At the end of Year 9 these classes are reviewed and there are no guarantees  whatsoever of remaining in the programme for Year 10.