Catholic Education South Australia

High Performance Sports Program

Program Goal

The aim of the High Performance Sports Program (HPSP) is to provide a learning environment and sporting opportunities for students to enable them to reach their sporting goals and obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to continue their development beyond school.

Sports Offered

AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Soccer and High Performing Athletes.


The AIS has developed a framework to capture different sporting pathways, including applied research and practice specific to athlete development. The HPSP is developed in alignment with the AIS Talent stage (with a focus on T3). The program strategy is defined by a strong adherence to deliberate planning whereby training is designed for continual performance improvements.

Program Overview

A head coach for each sport will be allocated to all student-athletes. Students will complete specialist coaching within their chosen sport which aims to improve their sport-specific fitness, skill development and game sense. Student-athletes will receive an individualised strength and conditioning program as well as specialist sessions dedicated to recovery methods. Student-athletes as part of the HPSP course will have the opportunity to complete the appropriate coaching and officiating qualifications. The program will also provide further opportunities for student-athletes to engage with successful state and national athletes, coaches and experts via workshops, skill sessions and online connections.

Additional Benefits

  • Wellbeing and Case Management

Students who meet the criteria below will be provided with a mentor who will support their learning and wellbeing through a PLP, individualised case management and counselling support.

  • ‘The Club’

As a member of the High performance sports program, students will gain exclusive access to the club. The Club meets every Wednesday morning for a strength and conditioning focussed session, followed by breakfast. The club is run by strength and conditioning head coach Heidi Clark and provide personalised sessions in a small group environment.

  • Experiences

As part of the program students may be provided with the opportunity to engage with elite level athletes and coaches. Past experiences have included Port Adelaide Football club training session, Australian Olympic Cycling team seminar, Scott Macdonald webinar, Nick Hagicostas strength and conditioning session.


You must currently be an athlete, coach or referee with a recognised national sporting organisation and meet one or more of the following criteria:

•  You’re in a state development squad or team;

•  You’re in a state team or an individual competing in national level competitions;

•  You’re in a national development squad or team;

•  You’re in a national team or an individual competing in international competitions;

•  You’re a coach for a state or national squad or team, or a referee in national or international competitions.

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For a clear understanding of how the Health and Physical Education Program works at Tenison Woods College, see the flow chart below.


Tenison Woods College respectfully acknowledges the Boandik people are the First Nations people of the Mount Gambier South Eastern region of South Australia and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present and emerging.