In Years 9 and 10, selected students participate in an Academy, representing one of the following leading team sports at this school: football, hockey, netball and volleyball. For Rugby, basketball and cricket, targeted talent identification development programmes fill the SPA space in these sports.
As an example, an Under 15 Boys Development Rugby team is selected to train as a development group, additional to their weekly school rugby team commitments and attend the Hurricanes Under 15 tournament in Wellington. For students outside of these sports a generic SPA ‘Blue’ programme is offered with a focus on targeted strength and conditioning for young athletes.
Furthermore, the school is committed to delivering wider sport development opportunities in both pre-season and during the season where students involved in sport programmes are offered the opportunity to improve their skill sets and understanding of the sport from high level coaches. As an example, Rangitoto Alumni and current Tall Fern basketball player runs development sessions for targeted girls basketball players during the season, additional to their team trainings.