Salisbury East

19 August 2021 | Senior School, Sport

High Performance Athlete Programme

Staff Insight – Mr Matt Howard

Our School has always had a strong focus on its sport and health and maintaining a reputation as one of the state’s highest achieving schools in terms of sports is an endowment we view highly.

To further staple our position as a strong sporting school, Tyndale is introducing a new high-profile sports programme in 2022, titled the High Performance Athlete Programme (HPAP).

The programme is after hours, assisting our students that are gifted athletes with their career pathways, whether it be finding a job in health and sports, or taking their talents to a higher level and creating a professional career out of their sporting abilities.

Implemented in the new programme is an opportunity to accept scholarships for colleges in the United States, where our Head of Sports, Mr Matt Howard, will be focusing on.

“The HPAP is a programme that will be offered at Tyndale starting in 2022 for our high achieving athletes to further develop their performance and assist them with building a pathway to study in the health and sporting industry or even a college sports scholarship to the US”, Mr Howard said.

“Further to the HPAP, I will be available as an on-site US sports scholarship manager to help with every aspect of US scholarship application.”

At Tyndale we have a history of US Scholarship recipients, such as Jarryd Klemm at Angelo State University for softball, Sarah Trestrail in Texas with a volleyball scholarship, and Jesse Lattin in Iowa for swimming.

With the new connections being made between Tyndale and American colleges, the aim is that more of our students will take that next step with their sport and find scholarship opportunities overseas as well.

As well as an after-hours on-site training course, the programme contains additional benefits, as Mr Howard explained.

“HPAP students will have access to advanced athlete training, a wide range of sports science subjects, an on-site Certificate III in Fitness, sports science laboratory and fitness studio, representative sporting opportunities and an exclusive programme polo shirt they are able to wear to school in place of their PE polo”, Mr Howard said.

With the additional benefits, your child will experience a fully developed sporting programme that is serious about assisting students with their sport.

However, the programme has limited vacancies, and these spots will be filled via application and interviews to determine the best fitting students for the programme.

Mr Howard will work with Physical Education staff in year 9 to identify suitable candidates and assist with their applications for the HPAP. We also welcome applicants from Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

If you are interested in this prestigious programme, applications to the selection panel will open late Term 3 for limited places.

Students will be interviewed by a panel comprised of Mr Howard, Pathways Centre Leader Mrs Kristen Thomas and various Senior School teaching staff.

At the interview students will need to present evidence of:

  • District or state level representation;
  • Grades that show their serious intention to prepare for tertiary and career readiness (C grades minimum);
  • Research into their future pathway; and
  • Embodiment of RISE principles.

To find out more about our High Performance Athlete Programme please contact our Head of Sports – Matt Howard via phone or via email.


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