Junior Sports Development Programme

King’s is pleased to introduce its Junior Sports Development Programme, a tailored sports training initiative for students in Year 9.

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The emphasis of the Junior Sports Development Programme is on learning ‘how to train’ followed by ‘training to train’. The idea behind this stage of the programme is to provide students with the building blocks of fundamental movement and foundational sports skills including strength, conditioning, technique and understanding.

This foundation will lessen the risk of injury, and prepare the student’s body and mind to train at a higher level of intensity and complexity that will allow him to perform at a higher level later on.

Over the duration of the Programme, participants will undertake regular physical assessments. The assessments will generate valuable data that will allow the students to gain insight into, and an understanding of, the physical and physiological changes that they will experience. The results will also provide powerful analytics that the programme staff will use to track changes and measure development and improvements over time.

Below is a brief outline of what’s involved in each step of the Junior Sports Development Programme:


Step 1 – Learning how to train 

Physical components

Students will focus on the following physical components:

  • Development and refinement of fundamental movement skills
  • Body awareness and strength development through body-weight exercises
  • Development of aerobic endurance
  • Introduction of basic flexibility exercises
  • Running technique to allow a focus on the development of speed, agility, quickness and change of direction.

Knowledge and understanding

Students will develop an understanding and basic knowledge of the following important training concepts:

  • Warm up, cool down, stretching, hydration, nutrition, sleep and recovery, wellness monitoring techniques, and basic mental strategies (sports psychology)
  • Education around the use of supplements


Step 2 – Training to train

Students only move on to this next stage of the programme once they have satisfied all of the required competencies of Step 1.

Physical components

Students will focus on the following physical components:

  • Further development of speed and sport-specific skills
  • Introduction to resistance training and weight lifting techniques
  • Introduction to anaerobic training
  • Introduction to higher volume and higher intensity training methods

Core Skill development

In addition to the foundation strength and conditioning and theoretical content of the programme, students will also have the opportunity to develop their core skills and tactical awareness in the major sporting codes.

Knowledge and understanding
  • An introduction to the impact of nutrition and hydration on peak performance
  • Video analysis techniques and software.
  • Mental preparation and techniques for success.


Selection into the Programme

Students in Year 9 can apply for a place in the programme. Applicants will undertake a battery of Physical and Skill related tests. The final decision on selection into the Junior programme will be at the discretion of the Head of Sport in conjunction with the Heads of Code. In 2017, approximately 20 students will be inducted to this programme.

To apply to be a part of the Junior Sports Development Programme, please click here.

All applicants will be notified in advance to prepare for the testing process which will take place in Week 1 of Term 2.

Successful applicants will be notified by email following this testing process.

Applications close on Thursday 13 April.

For more information about our Junior Sports Development Programme please contact Head of Sport, Jim Potts at j.potts@kingscollege.school.nz