The Sports Academy offers technical training in 12 different sports in addition to an Associate Sport pathway for student athletes in non-technical sports. The focus of technical training programs is to provide elite level coaching environment to develop individual skills and tactics within student athletes to enhance their potential to be selected into state or national teams or sports themed tertiary pathways including US colleges.
Generally the student athlete will complete two to three technical training sessions per week with their coaches although this model varies from sport to sport. The Technical training sessions are conducted in a before/after school model but are compulsory for students accepted into the Sports Academy.
The emphasis of Technical Training sessions is to develop the individual athlete rather than preparing teams and as such, the Sports Academy is set up as a training environment rather than a competition environment. While Sports Academy teams do enter competitions successfully, these tend to be camp-based or one-off experiences and they do not take student athletes out of community based competitions or talented player pathways for extended periods of time. The Technical Sports offered in 2016 include:
Swimming (Performance Analysis)
Associate Sports (e.g. Synchronised Swimming, AFL Umpiring, Baseball, Dance, Fencing, Lacrosse, Rowing, Softball/Baseball etc.)