Athletic Development Philosophy at School: Shaping Student Success
In the realm of education and sports, fostering holistic development is a top priority. Our school’s Athletic Development Philosophy School stands as a testament to this commitment. We believe that nurturing young athletes not only requires imparting sports skills but also instilling qualities that extend beyond the field.
Highlights of the episode:
- What the program at Bendigo East High School looks like and their athlete selection process
- How to break up athletes in big groups during their running drills
- The reason why the Frans Bosch Methodology is getting popular nowadays
- Valeri shares their strength training program
- How he deals with athletes who are scared to try something new
Comprehensive Approach to Training: Nurturing Well-Rounded Athletes
With a comprehensive approach that combines athletic training, sports training, and strength training, we’ve created a unique environment that shapes the future success of our students. The program is an integral part of Bendigo East High School’s education plan, catering to 250 student-athletes spanning from year 7 to year 12.
Foundation in Athletic Training: Mastering Techniques and Mechanics
Selected through a rigorous process, these student-athletes embark on a journey that goes beyond conventional sports education. Our emphasis on athletic training sets the foundation for their physical prowess. Running drills and plyometrics form the core of this training, breaking down complex movements into manageable segments. This approach not only refines their techniques but also enhances their understanding of the mechanics behind each movement.
Tailored Training for Every Stage: Year-Based Classes
An essential aspect of our philosophy is recognizing that every athlete is unique. To cater to diverse needs, our classes are organized by year groups. This ensures that training is tailored to the developmental stage of each student. Whether they are in year seven or year ten, the curriculum aligns with their physical capabilities, allowing them to progress steadily.
Holistic Approach Inspired by French Bosch Methodology
One of the cornerstones of our approach is the integration of the French Bosch methodology. With over three decades of coaching experience, Valeri Stoimenov, the driving force behind our philosophy, has witnessed the evolving needs of young athletes. He notes that modern lifestyle changes have led to decreased physical activity and coordination in young individuals. As a response, our curriculum not only teaches advanced techniques but also starts from the basics – teaching students how to walk properly before they learn to run.
Gradual Progression in Strength Training: Building a Strong Foundation
Strength training is another crucial element that completes our athlete development philosophy. However, we understand the significance of gradual progression. During the early years (years seven and eight), we prioritized mobility, flexibility, and stability. Only after building a strong foundation do we introduce weight-bearing exercises like squats and deadlifts. Upper body training includes exercises like bench presses with dumbbells, fostering balanced development.
Embracing Growth Mindset: Learning from Mistakes
In today’s digital age, where social media platforms often showcase perfection, a fear of making mistakes can deter young athletes from trying their best. However, within our educational program, students learn to embrace mistakes as part of the learning process. They are coached to understand that perfection is not the goal; rather, growth and improvement are the key objectives. The way exercises are introduced further reduces the stress associated with trying new techniques. Progressive steps and preparatory exercises ensure that students feel confident and capable as they advance.
Empowering Future Champions: Holistic Development Beyond Sports
In conclusion, our school’s athletic development philosophy encompasses a holistic and progressive approach to student success. Through a blend of athletic training, sports education, and strength training, we empower young athletes not only to excel in their chosen sports but also to thrive in life. By addressing the unique needs of each student and fostering a growth mindset, we cultivate individuals who are not afraid to take on challenges, make mistakes, and continually evolve. This philosophy goes beyond the confines of the sports field – it prepares students for a lifetime of achievements and well-rounded development.
Discover the Difference: Enroll Today for Athletic Excellence
As you consider educational opportunities for your child, delve into the world of athletic development that sets our school apart. Witness the transformative journey that shapes young athletes into confident, skilled, and resilient individuals, ready to conquer both the playing field and the challenges of life.
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Jack McLean is the founder of Prepare Like a Pro. He loves coaching people so that they can reach their personal/professional goals and become the best that they can possibly be. He is currently the Strength & Rehab Coach of Melbourne Football Club and has worked as Strength & Conditioning Coach at Hawthorn Football Club. Jack is a Level 3 Australian Strength & Conditioning Association and Professional Coach and a Level 1 Australian Weightlifting Federation Coach.