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Improvement and extension key to sports strategy

“In sport, nothing beats the feeling of improvement. When things flow, it’s special and sometimes only lasts a moment. Improvement and growth is the essence of the strategy.”

Sports strategist and high-performance netball coach Deborah Fuller has come on board to develop a vision and strategy for ACG Tauranga’s sports programme.

She said the strategy aims to give students the best possible chance to do well.

“Constantly striving to improve is key to our vision. We will commit to valuing sport and physical activity and its connection to wellbeing and academic success. We want students to take every opportunity to learn about teamwork, commitment, effort and physical skills.

“With sport, you get the whole spectrum of learning. It’s also about the joy of playing, stretching resilience, managing disappointment and persevering when things are not going well instead of finding the nearest exit.”

Mrs Fuller will also run an extension programme to help students with their sporting goals.

Students in the group will participate in two four-week blocks a year, learning about some of the challenges sport can throw at them, and the wider context of competition.

She said athlete development is a long race and the sports extension programme would cover two parts.

“Firstly, self-awareness and finding out why students play the sport they do. How they own their goals and how much desire they have to see how good they can get. Secondly, creating a programme of learning to help student-athletes prepare for some of the excitement and the challenges they will face.”

ACG Tauranga students are self-reflective, she said – a skill that makes them very coachable. “They learn it at a young age through the school’s teaching approach. Taking time to reflect helps in any setting, improvement in physical skills included.”

A successful sports strategy would see an increase in the number of students involved in sport at ACG Tauranga and improvement across the different codes, she said.

But ultimately it was about seeing students engage in sport over a lifetime, enjoy themselves and achieve the health benefits of physical activity and competition.

“In sport, nothing beats the feeling of improvement. When things flow, it’s special and sometimes only lasts a moment. Improvement and growth is the essence of the strategy.”

Deborah is Performance Manager for Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty. She is an ACG Tauranga parent and Head of Code for netball.

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