Sports Academy

Sports Academy Overview

Sports Academy

Parade College has developed the Sport Academy Program in the Certificate of Education and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Programs as an extension to the Year 7-10 High Performance Sport Program.

In developing this program, Parade College seeks to build on its great heritage in sport; leverage the expertise of its staff; develop the potential of its students; explore synergies in partnerships with Universities; and maximise the use of its excellent sport facilities.

The aims of the Parade College Senior Sport Academy are to provide senior student athletes access to:-

  • A flexible, supportive and “athlete friendly” academic environment
  • Discipline-based Learning
  • Quality coaching
  • Competition & training opportunities matched to the athlete’s development and potential
  • Sport Science services such as fitness testing, performance analysis, sports psychology and physiotherapy
  • Work Experience and Career Education support and planning
  • A Personal Development program specific to the student athlete
  • A Pathway into Sport related University Undergraduate Programs / Assoc. Diploma /Assoc Bachelor Programs or into sport-related employment

The Sport Academy builds on almost 150 Years of Sporting Heritage

Parade College has long enjoyed a handsome sporting reputation based on its incredible array of talented athletes across a vast array of pursuits over many years:

  • More than 100 former students of the College have gone on to play the great Australian Indigenous game at the highest level – the likes of Jock McHale, Phonse Kyne, Sergio Silvagni and Peter McKenna – with Peter Bedford and (now) Trent Cotchin the recipients of the highest individual award League football can bestow, the Brownlow Medal.
  • Bedford of course excelled as a cricketer for Victoria, as did John Swanson and Mick Lewis, and Parade can lay claim to two Test cricketers in Leo O’Brien and Adam Dale.
  • Swanson also excelled as a baseballer at both state and national level.
  • Three Old Paradians – Jack Carr, Allen Pollock and John Dinan – are Stawell Gift winners.
  • Another Old Boy, Gary Honey, was second only to Carl Lewis in the 1984 Olympiad in Los Angeles, while Tony Sneazwell represented his nation with distinction as a high jumper at both the Tokyo and Mexico Olympiads of 1964 and ’68 respectively.

The academic program covers essential learning leading to graduation with either Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Each Certificate would normally also include Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate(s).


The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

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The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a senior school certificate designed to sit alongside the VCE, providing additional pathways for Years 11 and 12 students seeking vocationally oriented career options such as traineeships, further education and training or moving on to employment.

Students cannot complete the VCE Certificate while undertaking VCAL.

Those considering VCAL are:

  • Students who want the option of pursuing a University Course
  • Students who are seeking a vocational pathway on completion of school
  • Students who learn best where learning is practical, experiential, ‘hands-on’ or ‘applied’
  • Students who would like to include a traineeship or industry-focused projects and mentoring in their senior program

VCAL provides students with a more flexible approach to their education and training. It aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable students to make informed choices regarding work and further education. Personal development and the use of individual student interests are important components of the VCAL.

Senior Sport Academy VCAL Year 1 (Year 11 Students)

  • VET Certificate III Sport & Rec Program
  • School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) OR Industry-focused Projects & Mentoring
  • Completion of Intermediate VCAL

Senior Sport Academy VCAL Year 2 (Year 12 Students)

  • VET Certificate IV Sport Development)
  • School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) OR Industry-focused Projects & Mentoring
  • Completion of Senior VCAL

Typical Program

  • 2 1/2 days of Curriculum Content: VCAL Numeracy, Literacy, Life Skills, VET Content
  • 2 x 1/2 days delivering skills / coaching sessions
  • 1 x Full Day of School-Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) OR Industry-focused Projects & Mentoring
  • 1 x 1/2 Day of Sport: skills, squad, strength and conditioning, delivering skills / coaching sessions

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

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Compelling reasons for students considering Sport Academy in the VCE:

  • Student seeking a Pathway beyond the courses in Partnership with La Trobe
  • Sport is secondary to VCE Studies / added flexibility
  • Student wants to qualify for an ATAR
  • Student is maintaining B+ Average in Year 10

Senior Sport Academy VCE Year 1 (Year 11 Students)

  • VCE English or Literature or Language 1 & 2
  • VET Certificate III Sport & Rec (Year 1)
  • 4 x VCE Unit 1 & 2 Programs from the 40 or more offered to Parade Year 11 students

Senior Sport Academy VCE Year 2 (Year 12 Students)

  • VCE English or Literature or Language 3 & 4
  • VET Certificate III Sport & Rec (Year 2)
  • 3 x VCE Unit 3 & 4 Programs from the 40 or more offered to Parade Year 11 students

Typical Program

  • VCE Unit 3 & 4 Subjects will be timetabled over the week
  • VET Certificate III Sport & Rec will be offered on one afternoon of the week (1:30 pm to 5:00 pm)
    • Allows Five ‘Free’ Periods:
    • Strength and conditioning sessions timetabled during the week.

Parade has strong partnerships with three elite sporting clubs who share specialised coaches with the College.

  • Northern Knights use Parade College’s sports facilities during the Pre-Season months of November to March
  • Melbourne City use Parade College’s sports facilities for Development Squads
  • Diamond Valley Basketball use Parade College’s sports facilities


Parade Entry requirements

The Course is rigorous and requires students to meet the requirements of University Study at the end of the two years. Students would normally need to maintain a C+ average in Year 10.

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