ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Athlete Development Program (ADP) encompasses a high performance element to the College’s sport program. The ADP is a preparatory program run by the College’s High Performance Unit for selected elite level student athletes. This program is offered to Year 7-11 students.

Using a modified student timetable, the program provides these students additional high performance physical preparation for their respective sport activity, for both College representation and external non-College sport. The high performance support includes:

  • Strength and physical conditioning preparation, including tutorials on safe lifting techniques, incremental physical loading based on age and experience and sport specific strength and conditioning.
  • Nutritional advice and programming in order to maximise performance, including opportunities for individual food monitoring, education on the value of nutrition and hydration for optimal performance.
  • Performance psychology support, including general advice on time management, goal setting, visualisation techniques, resilience training and anxiety management. Students will have access to the College’s network of Consultant Psychologists.
  • Specialist, elite technical coaching within the College’s Academy programs, namely Football, Basketball, Netball, Australian Rules Football and Tennis.
  • Sport Science and physical testing analysis, whereby students will be progressively measured in a number of general and sport specific physical parameters, such as strength, speed, power, agility and endurance.
  • Injury rehabilitation and recovery techniques, with students provided access to the College’s network of allied health providers.

Students selected as part of the ADP are included as Academy athletes within the respective College Sport Academies or as part of an Individual Athlete Program for students competing in non-Academy sports.

Application Process

Students are required to apply annually for positions within the ADP, based on:

  • Recent athletic performance, including Regional, State and National level (or equivalent) representation
  • Sporting achievements, including medal or placings, individual awards
  • Commitment to maintaining adequate academic and behavioural standards
  • Commitment to College representation in Sport and other fields
  • Endorsement from relevant referees, including current or past Coaches
  • Identified potential for future State or National representation.

The ADP application form can be found here.

Athlete Agreement

Students selected for inclusion within the ADP will be required to maintain academic and behavioural standards throughout the year to remain eligible and are required to enter into a student-athlete agreement, noting:

  • Demonstrate dignity and respect for others in accordance with Monican values in relations with fellow students and staff
  • Attend formal ADP functions, including St Monica’s Week, student parent inductions and other enrolment information sessions
  • Attend all ADP preparation sessions and all technical coaching (if applicable) sessions
  • Attend all relevant College Sport team training sessions in preparation for College sport
  • Participate in SACCSS and other intercollegiate events for the College
  • Maintain up-to-date sporting performance achievements and information via correspondence with the High Performance Coach and relevant Academy Director or Head Coach
  • Respond to communications from the High Performance Coach and relevant Academy Director or Head Coach
  • Agree to the provision of a high resolution sports related photograph that can be used online or in print publications by the College.

High Performance Unit

The College’s High Performance Unit (HPU) manages and coordinates the Athlete Development Program and Academy programs. The HPU consists of a panel of internal and external high performance Coaches, technical experts and providers, and caters for:

  • Strength and Conditioning services
  • Performance Psychology
  • Nutrition advice
  • Injury rehabilitation management
  • Recovery protocols
  • Sport Science services
  • Performance and data analysis.