Skateboarding is not your typical mainstream sport, but tune into the Olympics next year and you’ll see it on your screen. If you stop by the College on a Friday afternoon, you might just spot a future Olympian or two, as they flip, roll and launch into their weekend.
Like netball or football, skateboarding is a sport that requires practice, focus and commitment, even to learn the basic skills. Recognising the growing ways in which young people stay healthy and connected, this program has been designed as a fun and exciting mentoring opportunity that not only helps to develop students’ skateboarding skills, but in doing so also challenges participants to learn important biblical characteristics such as commitment, perseverance and teach-ability.
Westside’s newest mentoring program offers all high schoolers the chance to extend themselves and reap the rewards. The program runs in Terms Two and Three on a Friday afternoon from 3.15pm – 4.30pm at the Westside Christian College primary campus. There are no costs associated with the program.
Run by Mr Applegate and Mr Crook (both qualified HPE teachers), students learn not only to skate and perform, but are mentored as they also explore the mechanics and maintenance associated with the sport. Mr Joshua Mansfield, Head of Secondary is pleased by the outcomes already being achieved, “The Boardroom is a great initiative linking a really challenging sport – skateboarding – with the mentoring of key staff. Students are learning resilience, new skills and having heaps of fun while they’re at it. It’s totally safe, well-organised and they are always looking for new members.”
There are often limited opportunities for students to participate in this sport and even fewer opportunities for hopefuls to receive any form of coaching or guidance in skateboarding. The inclusion of this program within the College helps students who are interested in skateboarding to feel valued and will also help to engage the students within the College community.
The program is fun, free and all equipment is supplied. All high school students need to do is join and show up! Can’t get a ride home? Catch one of the College’s late buses.
To find out more information, contact Mr Jeremy Applegate at firstname.lastname@example.org
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