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Sports-mad students weigh up risks of fun

Students from Melbourne's west will evaluate the risks of having fun as part of an alternative sports-focused secondary school program developed by Victoria University and the Western Bulldogs.

SportWest VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) students will visit Calder Raceway, the Williamstown Water Police and Fun City to assess participant risks and public liability in activities such as off-street legal drag-racing, laser tag, jet-skiing and go-carting.

The students will complete follow-up projects for credit toward subjects in public education, and sport and recreation law, as they study for dual qualifications: a senior VCAL and a Certificate III in Sports and Recreation.

SportWest VCAL project manager Carole Demirdjian said project-based learning is essential for the program, launched last year for students in Years 11 and 12 who are looking for an early start to a sports-oriented career.

"We take what can be very dry information and make it practical and meaningful by letting the students evaluate and reflect on the public risks in the more dangerous recreational sporting environments," she said.

The SportWest VCAL program, held at VU's Harvester Technical College in Sunshine and the Bulldogs' Whitten Oval in Footscray, is an alternative to traditional VCE studies. After a student completes the two-year program, they are qualified either to enter the workforce or continue with further education.

VU is still taking enrolments for the Year 11 SportWest VCAL program. Interviews will be held on 28 February at Harvester Technical College. Call 9919 6323 for more information.

The media are invited to meet SportWest VCAL students and their teachers.

What: SportWest VCAL students at Fun City Go Carts and Laser Tag
When: Thursday 24 February 2011
Time: 11.15am
Where: 234 Ballarat Rd, Braybrook

Contact:
SportWest VCAL enquiries
Phone: +61 3 8311 5555
Email: vcalsport@vu.edu.au 

Media Contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer
Marketing and Communications Department
Victoria University
Ph: +61 3 9919 5487 or 0403 556 001

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