Published on 19 November 2013
Final-year University of the Sunshine Coast Sport and Exercise Science students will soon be able to earn their coaching stripes through a new initiative involving a local basketball club.
Eligible students will be placed with teams from the University of the Sunshine Coast Basketball Club’s (USCBC) to develop on-the-job skills as trainers and assistant coaches.
They will work alongside club coaches of teams from Under 12s to Under 21s during the 2013/2014 Summer Semester and in Semester 1, 2014.
USC’s Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics Dr Mark Sayers said up to a dozen Sport and Exercise Science students enrolled in a third-year workplace learning subject could sign up for this valuable experience.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for the students, as it gives them real-world experience and the chance to test out the skills they’ve acquired during their studies,” he said.
“Students will attend training sessions for their respective teams twice a week and will work closely with coaches and players on all aspects of training.
“This can range from strength and conditioning, fitness testing, endurance training to learning the technical side of assistant coaching.”
USC Science Honours student Cici Severin will oversee the project by monitoring student and player interaction.
USCBC President Brad Wilde said the club was delighted by the opportunity to learn from USC’s Sport Science academics and students.
“Our club is always looking out for opportunities to develop the juniors and has plans for continued success in regional and state competitions,” he said. “The juniors will benefit not only in terms of their sport, but educationally as well.”
The project, funded by USC’s Office of Engagement, also aims to raise the awareness of the tertiary opportunities available to representative sport players.
Dr Sayers said he hoped the project would broaden the aspirations of players through a series of inspiring talks.
“These talks will feature experienced USC Sport Science staff who can share stories from their careers in both the sporting and educational arenas,” he said.
– Jessica Halls