The Northern Bay College SEED Program has celebrated a success year, with achievements in a range of sports.

SEED (Sports, Empowerment, Education and Development) was highlighted in Northerly Aspects when the program was first introduced in 2017. At the end of its second full year, the college is delighted with the outcomes.

Director of Sport Steven Lewry said College interschool sport achievements have been significant on the back of increased participation in all of the SEED programs and this always gives a sense of school pride and increases interest in sport from other students.

“During 2019 Northern Bay College teams won 12 Geelong-based competitions and a Western Metropolitan competition, which is a great improvement,” he said.

SEED allows students to experience quality coaching from experts across the range of sports including football, netball, softball, soccer, badminton and volleyball.

“In P-6, our school staff prepare the foundations of skills, then the Extended School Day Program has many activities with sports coaching for all age groups.  All Year 7 and 8 students have the SEED 7/8 Program, then in Years 9 and 10 SEED is an elective and enables students to look at pathways in sport, not just as players but in the amazing array of ancillary jobs associated with professional sport,” Mr Lewry said.

“One other noticeable influence has been in the relationships between students. The philosophy behind good participation in SEED is as simple as ABC – A is attendance, B is behaviour and C is character. We show the students the value of these attributes in school and the influence is noticeable.”

Recent student feedback indicated the program is having a positive impact. Student Kamran said: “During recesses students spend much more time playing sport and I have seen a great increase in girls doing sport. People seem happier too. I guess we have great school pride.”

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