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Talented Athletes Program

NEGS Talented Athlete Programs 2020


The NEGS Talented Athlete Program is supported by our State sporting organisations – Hockey NSW, NSW Rugby and Netball NSW. The Program aims to nurture the growth of elite athletes through a holistic and individualised approach while embracing the school values of excellence, responsibility and integrity.

The NEGS Talented Athlete Program comprises of the following five components:

1. Specialist Coaching

Qualified coaches will assist athletes to develop their technical and tactical competence. Athletes will be provided with:

  • 2 team training sessions per week; and
  • 1 small group session per week with the specialist coaches. Students in Years 9 and 10 will complete the small group sessions during the school day using a subject line specifically for athletes within the program. Students in Years 7 and 8 will complete the small group sessions after school and Years 11 and 12 students will complete the sessions before or after school.

2. Athletic Development

A qualified strength and conditioning coach will assist athletes to improve speed, strength, power, agility, balance, flexibility and reduce the likelihood of injury. Athletes will be provided with:

  • Comprehensive fitness testing;
  • 1 – 2 strength and conditioning sessions per week with options to increase;
  • Individualised training programs. Based on the aforementioned fitness testing each student will receive personalised training in order to maximise their athletic performance.
    Students in Years 9 and 10 will complete the strength and conditioning sessions during the school day using a subject line specifically for athletes within the program. Students in Years 7 and 8 will complete the strength and conditioning sessions after school and Years 11 and 12 students will complete the sessions before or after school.

3. Holistic growth

Qualified professionals will assist athletes to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills related to recovery techniques, injury prevention and management, nutrition, sports psychology, anti-doping, media and public relations, etiquette and time management. Athletes will be provided with:

  • 1 education session per month.

4. Individual Athlete Plans

Athletes will receive an individualised plan each semester which identifies athlete strengths and areas for improvement. The plan focuses on the following key elements: technical preparation, tactical preparation, physical preparation and mental preparation. Athletes will be provided with:

  • 1 individual Athlete Plan per semester.

5. High-performance excursions

Athletes will be provided with:

  • High-performance camp – Athletes will attend 1 high-performance camp each year where they will have the opportunity to learn from coaches and athletes performing at the highest level.
  • 2020 Olympics Tokyo excursion – The NEGS Talented Athlete Programs along with NEGS Equestrian High-Performance Squad will attend the Tokyo Olympics in July 2020. The athletes will have the opportunity to watch and learn from elite athletes performing at the highest level, train and play against Japanese teams and experience the culture of Japan.
  • Representative pathway – Athletes will be provided with support to progress along the NSW representative pathway for their sport. Athletes will be provided with:
    – Information and assistance to register for relevant
    NSW trials; and
    – Transport to and from the NSW IGSSA trials. Specialist coaching, athletic development, holistic growth sessions and Individual Player Plans are free to athletes in the NEGS Talented Athlete Program. High-performance excursions will incur an additional charge.

Scholarships and bursaries are available.

Hockey
Netball
Rugby

For talented athletes, NEGS is proud to be the first regional school to partner with Hockey NSW to deliver our Player Pathway Program from 2019.

The Player Pathway Program is not a participation program and is aimed at producing top-level athletes as they move forward on the Hockey NSW Player Pathway.

The program will run for the 4 school terms each year and is designed to develop female hockey students 12 to 18 years of age, in a school environment.

Players will participate in twice-weekly on-pitch training sessions delivered by Hockey NSW Regional Coaches, and participate in weekly strength and conditioning sessions. Established programs with nutritionists and sports psychologists will also assist Player Pathway participants throughout the program.

Athletes will benefit from regular coaching clinics with NEGS Hockey Ambassador Kate Hanna, ex-Hockeyroo and current NSW AHL arrows player.

Hockey NSW also provides athlete skill identification and Individual Player Plans (IPP) for all students to identify areas for improvement during the program, and students benefit from flexible timetables to assist them to meet the demands of training and competition.

 

The NEGS Hockey NSW Pathway program focuses on the following areas:

Core Skill Development

  • Junior elite skill development
  • Junior elite specialist skill development

Game Education

  • Junior elite decision-making development
  • Junior elite game and positional strategy  development
  • Junior elite execution of skills under game pressure
  • Junior elite introduction to team performance analysis

Physiology Component

  • Junior elite hockey-specific movement and  functional competencies
  • Planning and delivery of physical program on an  individual basis and/or within a group
  • Recovery
  • Individual athletes program and monitoring

Athlete Personal Management

  • Injury prevention and management as required
  • Performance enhancing substance education

Team Dynamics and Performance

  • Introductory education and training in required  behaviours
  • Introductory group dynamics
  • Respect and responsibility

Coaching

The program is administered by Hockey NSW and will be directed by Richard Willis, Hockey NSW Pathway Manager. Coaching will be provided by Greg Doolan, Hockey NSW Regional Coaching Coordinator. Greg has had National Coaching success in Advanced Coaching roles.

Kate Hanna, NEGS Ambassador, current AHL arrows player and ex-Hockeyroo will provide regular coaching clinics to TAP Hockey athletes throughout the year.

The NEGS Netball Program is designed to develop female netball students 12 to 18 years of age in a school environment. The program is specifically designed to comply with the Netball NSW philosophies. The NEGS Netball Program is not a participation program and is aimed at producing top-level athletes. The program will run for the 4 school terms each year.

Players will participate in 1 – 2 weekly small group training sessions utilising flexible academic timetables. The sessions will be delivered by NEGS Netball Coordinator, Kristen Cohen, and students will be required to participate in weekly strength and conditioning sessions. Established programs with nutritionists and sports psychologists will also assist NEGS Netball participants throughout the program.

Athletes within the NEGS Netball Program will also receive Individual Player Plans (IPP) to identify areas for improvement during the program, and will benefit from regular coaching clinic with Australian Diamonds player and NEGS Netball Ambassador, Susan Pettitt.

 

 

The NEGS Netball program focuses on the following areas:

Core Playing Competencies

  • Sound technical skill base
  • Tactical understanding and ability to read play, consistency, and accuracy of decision making under pressure
  • Achieve and maintain fitness required to play at that level
  • Sustaining intensity of performance throughout the game
  • Shows the potential skills and capabilities to represent NSW at the highest level

Core Personal Attributes

  • Self-responsibility – driven to be the best and committed to own development.
  • Resilience – mental toughness, bounces back from adversity, perseveres and adapts.
  • Self-awareness – emotional intelligence and can manage behaviour.
  • Leadership – leads by example, and role models the Netball NSW performance culture on and off the court.
  • Communication – ability to communicate positively and be open to receiving feedback and also able to give feedback in a calm and mature manner.

Athlete Management

  • Injury prevention and management as required
  • Performance enhancing substance education

Coaching

The program will be administered by former NSW Institute of Sport athlete and Australian Indoor Netball representative Kristen Cohen who has been supported by Netball NSW to conduct the program.

The NEGS Rugby Program is designed to develop female rugby students 12 to 18 years of age, in a school environment.

The NEGS Rugby Program is not a participation program and is aimed at producing top level athletes as they move forward in their Rugby skill development. The program will run for the 4 school terms each year.

Players will participate in twice weekly on field training sessions delivered by NEGS Rugby Coaches, and participate in weekly strength and conditioning sessions. Established programs with nutritionists and sports psychologists will also assist athletes throughout the program.

Coaching staff will also provide athlete skill identification and Individual Player Plans (IPP) for all students to identify areas for improvement during the program.

Players will also benefit from access to coaching with the UNE Cubs/Lions, and from coaching clinics with Australian Pearls/UNE Lions player and NEGS Rugby Program Ambassador, Rhiannon Byers.

 

Applications for the 2020 NEGS Rugby Program are now open.

The NEGS Rugby Program focuses on the following areas:

Core Skill Development

  • Junior elite skill development
  • Junior elite specialist skill development

Game Education

  • Junior elite decision-making development
  • Junior elite game and positional strategy  development
  • Junior elite execution of skills under game pressure
  • Junior elite introduction to team performance analysis

Physiology Component

  • Junior elite rug specific movement and  functional competencies
  • Planning and delivery of physical program on an  individual basis and/or within a group
  • Recovery
  • Individual athletes program and monitoring

Athlete Personal Management

  • Injury prevention and management as required
  • Performance enhancing substance education

Team Dynamics and Performance

  • Introductory education and training in required  behaviours
  • Introductory group dynamics
  • Respect and responsibility

Coaching

The program is administered and delivered by qualified NEGS Rugby Coaches.

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