Victorian students will have new opportunities to pursue careers in the sport and recreation industry through the Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA) College.
Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the College’s North Melbourne Football Club campus to announce that SEDA College is now registered as an independent school.
This means students can be enrolled directly rather than accessing the College’s programs while enrolled at another school.
SEDA has 39 campuses and operates from sporting venues throughout Melbourne and in regional cities including Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat. It has over 30 partnerships with sporting associations and professional sporting clubs including the AFL, Basketball Victoria, Netball Victoria and Cricket Australia.
SEDA develops its forward-thinking curriculum in consultation with these partners giving students access to the most up to date industry expertise. It harnesses young peoples’ passion for sport to help them define what they want to do after leaving school.
The college will deliver the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs to its Year 11 and 12 students in Years 11 and 12 – the only “hands on” certificate of its type in Australia. VCAL provides students with a solid grounding in the real world application of literacy, numeracy, problem solving and personal development skills.
Sport teaches students patience, discipline and hard work and the Labor Government has set ambitious targets to increase the number of Victorian students being physically active.
The aim is to see 20 per cent more kids doing an hour of physical activity a day five times a week by 2020.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“Recognising SEDA College’s independent school status will open up new opportunities for Victorian students who are passionate about sport. They may go on to be journalists on the Formula One circuit, technology assistants at an AFL club or managers of a gym.”
“We want our education system to be responsive to the interests of young people and sport is a powerful way to keep students engaged, motivated and happy.”