Warrnambool Sports Academy students give local primary schools a sports taster day

Warrnambool College’s ‘Bull Ants’ were testing their coaching sting on some smaller species on Wednesday.

More than 45 of the college’s sports academy students were leading a series of 25-minute training sessions for local primary school students from across Warrnambool.

The sessions were part of the annual ‘Super Sports Extravaganza’.

Held at Warrnbambool College and Mack Oval, sports academy students were given the opportunity to practically engage in their learning.

Students from the netball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer and cricket academies held sessions focusing on their chosen sports.

Event organiser Warrnambool College PE Teacher Jackson Greene said the activities benefited all involved.

“Seeing the kids interacting and coaching brings out a whole other side to their characters,” he said. 

Wednesday’s program included Grade 5/6 students from Warrnambool Primary, East Warrnambool Primary and Merrivale Primary Schools.

“I’m hoping to get more rural schools involved in the future,” Mr Greene said. “Schools like Panmure, Cudgee and Woodford.”

Warrnambool Primary School PE Teacher Shareen Owen said all 165 of the school’s grade 5 and 6 students attended Wednesday’s event.

“Our kids loved getting to try lots of different sports,” she said. 

“And it’s a great thing transition-wise because a huge percentage of our kids eventually come to Warrnambool College.

“The cross-age tutoring is great too, and a lot of the college kids taking the activities are ex-Jamo kids themselves so they think its great as well.”

Mrs Owen said the event was gratifying for the teaching staff too.

“It’s rewarding for us too, seeing kids that we taught in primary school up here in leadership roles.”


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