SEDA Sports Development Program Darwin

Crnr Lakeside Drive & Dripstone Road, Brinkin NT 0810

Established in 2013, the SEDA Sports Development Program Darwin (SEDA SDP Darwin) is a non-school senior secondary education provider. It is part of the SEDA group which has about 1600 students across three states. It is delivered in partnership with the Northern Territory Department of Education, Casuarina Senior College, Charles Darwin University and major sporting organisations. The program enables young people to combine their passion for sport with their studies in order to achieve educational outcomes that cannot be taught in a normal school environment. Enrolment of students (aged 16-18) requires a Year 10 pass and an interest in sports and recreation industry but is not dependant on sporting skill. SEDA SDP Darwin offers a senior secondary program that incorporates vocational education and training (VET) in Sport and Recreation. In 2013, 22 students (20 male, 2 female) are enrolled in the Year 11-12 program. In 2014, SEDA SDP Darwin will expand to include Year 10.

How this program works

SEDA-11-300x213SEDA SDP Darwin offers Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to complete their education within the Sport and Recreation industry. The emphasis is on applied (real life) learning situations in collaboration with local sports organisations including the Northern Territory Thunder and AFL NT; Adelaide United F.C. and Football Federation NT; Cricket Australia and Northern Territory Cricket; and Netball Northern Territory. SEDA SDP Darwin has partnerships with local councils and sports clubs to use their venues for the program. The main location is the Pirates Rugby Club at the Casuarina Campus of Charles Darwin University where students are in a single class with one teacher. This enable students to develop solid meaningful relationships with a positive mentor and a strong sense of belonging. In addition, students collaborate with sporting organisation staff, players, coaches, administrators, operations and marketing managers. Students are provided with a sport-style uniform including the logo of one of the sports organisations and recognised as ambassadors for SEDA and their sport.

The 2-year full-time program uses an integrated curriculum that leads to completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET, Year 11-12), Certificate II, III and/or IV in Sport and Recreation as well as Level 2 First Aid, Level 1-2 Coaching Accreditations and Umpiring / Refereeing Certification. Students are enrolled into different year levels based on age and previous level of education. A typical weekly timetable consists of 2½-3½ days of classes, 1 day industry placement, and time for primary school clinics, private study and “out of hours? work requirements to meet requests from sporting associations/organisations. Pathways upon completion include employment in the sports and recreation industry, further vocational study and, for those who completed the Certificate IV, university study. SEDA maintains contact with graduates to offer