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Sports-mad students start at new school

Victoria University, in partnership with the Western Bulldogs, has found 15 sports-mad Year 11 students in Melbourne's west for an innovative new secondary school program.

SportWest VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) will commence at Sunshine's Harvester Technical College on July 12 as an alternative to traditional VCE. The program is aimed at students looking for an early start to a career in sports administration, sports marketing, facility management or coaching.

The inaugural class will begin their first day at Whitten Oval, home of the Western Bulldogs, where they will receive their new school uniform and be welcomed by the team's chief executive, Campbell Rose.

Media are invited to attend the introduction for SportWest VCAL students at Whitten Oval at  11.45am on Monday 12 July.

The students have transferred from schools across the region including Braybrook College, Craigieburn Secondary, Salesian College and Marian Catholic College.  In Year 11, students can obtain an Intermediate VCAL and a Certificate II in Sports and Recreation, and in Year 12, a Senior VCAL and a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation.

The advantage for the students is the dual qualifications allow them either to enter the workforce or continue with further education.

SportWest VCAL project manager Carole Demirdjian said: "The sky is the limit for students completing the program."

"Program graduates will have fast-tracked their careers. They will be only one certificate away from obtaining a diploma and continuing on to university, or they can jump straight into a job in the sport and recreation industry," she said.  

SportWest VCAL will offer students hands-on projects, many based at the Western Bulldogs Football Club. They include helping organise game days for the club; working with local primary schools to teach sports; developing an interactive website; designing merchandise; and assisting with sports membership and marketing.

The program includes other sports as well as footy and offers students knowledge and experience they can use in a variety of sporting and recreation environments.


Carole Demirdjian,

Project Manager, SportWest VCAL

School of Sport and Science

Ph: (03) 9919 8921 or mobile: 0413 587 987.


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