The Wynnum Manly Seagulls and TAFE Queensland have unveiled an exciting partnership to launch the Wynnum Manly Seagulls TAFE at School Program. This initiative aims to equip senior school players with a comprehensive rugby league coaching and development education while completing their senior secondary education. The program not only prepares aspiring athletes for success on the field but also provides them with a clear pathway to employment in the sports industry.
The course gives students the opportunity to undertake a Certificate II and III in Sport Coaching, focusing specifically on rugby league. The hands-on curriculum will cover a range of topics including but not limited to; essential coaching techniques, game analysis, conditioning for sport, player development strategies, and sports management skills. By combining practical training sessions with theoretical knowledge, the program ensures students receive a well-rounded education that aligns with their sporting ambitions.
What sets the Wynnum Manly Seagulls TAFE at School Program apart is its integration into the weekly academic schedule. Students will attend sessions at the home of the Seagulls in Manly West one day a week throughout the school year, replacing a regular school day. This arrangement allows participants to fully immerse themselves in a professional sporting environment while continuing academic studies at school for the remainder of the week. Students will also undertake regular strength and conditioning, rugby league-specific training, and athlete development workshops as part of the program. Sessions are split into theory and practical hands-on delivery to advance the learning experience.
Successful completion of the program contributes up to 8 Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) credits and can contribute to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), providing a competitive advantage for further academic pursuits.
Wayne Weekes, CEO of the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, stated, “We are excited to collaborate with TAFE Queensland to launch this program. By providing a focused curriculum on rugby league coaching and development, we aim to nurture the talents of young local athletes and equip them with the skills required to thrive in the sports industry. This partnership aligns with our commitment to developing well-rounded individuals who can make a significant contribution to our community through the game of rugby league.”
Jesse O’Hara, Manager, Academy of Sport Partnerships at TAFE Queensland echoed this sentiment, “As Queensland’s largest training provider, we see a huge value in creating meaningful partnerships with organisations that make our communities tick. The Wynnum Manly Seagulls are a thriving hub of engagement in the Brisbane bayside community, harnessing their reach with a meaningful educational offering will open up more doors for more young people in this region.”
The Wynnum Manly Seagulls TAFE at School Program promises to be a game-changer for aspiring rugby league players in senior high school. By bridging the gap between sports passion and study, this program offers a unique opportunity for students to pursue their dreams while gaining valuable qualifications and skills.
Applications for the 2024 Wynnum Manly Seagulls TAFE at School Program open 9am Monday 17 July. To apply, visit tafeapply.com and use code TQB24SPORT. Students who will be commencing in year 10 or 11 in 2024, who have a passion for rugby league and a desire to pursue a career in the sports industry are encouraged to apply.
For more information about the program or to make an enquiry visit the TAFE Queensland Academy of Sport page.