Com­mu­nity plan to bank on

Com­mu­nity spirit — Rochester Se­condary Col­lege and the Com­mu­nity Bank have again joined forces to sup­port the Cam­paspe Academy of Sport.

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THE Rochester Se­condary Col­lege is again part­ner­ing with the El­more/Lock­ing­ton/Rochester Com­mu­nity Bank to sup­port the Cam­paspe Academy of Sport.

In its sec­ond year, the Cam­paspe Academy of Sport (CAS) is a pro­gram de­signed to as­sist and ex­tend the de­vel­op­ment of stu­dents within dif­fer­ent sport­ing streams.

The stu­dents re­ceive ad­di­tional coach­ing in per­for­mance, fit­ness, nu­tri­tion and more.

Prin­ci­pal of Rochester Se­condary Col­lege Bernie Altman said the school was happy to again have the Com­mu­nity Bank on board as a part­ner.

‘‘Stu­dents are cer­tainly en­gaged in the pro­gram which is won­der­ful to see,’’ he said

Pro­gram di­rec­tor Todd Woodfine said there was ex­cite­ment in the im­prove­ments to the pro­gram.

‘‘Fifty six stu­dents have been se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the CAS pro­gram, rang­ing from year seven to 10, re­sid­ing in El­more, Rochester, Lock­ing­ton and Col­binab­bin, from foot­ball, net­ball, run­ning and more. This is a pro­gram that can ben­e­fit our en­tire re­gion,’’ he said.

‘‘This year will see the in­tro­duc­tion of qual­i­fied coaches for foot­ball, net­ball and bas­ket­ball streams.

‘‘Brett Henderson, who has spent time in the TAC and VFL sys­tem, is coach­ing foot­ball, for­mer re­gional and state league net­ballers Linda Ras­mussen and Rachel Whipp are our ap­pointed net­ball coaches, well-known lo­cal Jock Rin­gin is the bas­ket­ball head coach and per­sonal trainer Ta­nia Thomas will con­duct a va­ri­ety of fit­ness based classes.

‘‘Our CAS pro­gram has also de­vel­oped a part­ner­ship with Hu­man Me­chan­ics in Bendigo and Fit­mob in Echuca.

“The stu­dents are re­quired to at­tend ses­sions out­side of school hours as well as a num­ber of spe­cialised train­ing ses­sions within school hours.’’

Mr Woodfine said the Com­mu­nity Bank has been ‘‘ex­cep­tional since day one’’.

‘‘They have or­gan­ised for spe­cialised coaches to come and take ses­sions, have en­gaged our school com­mu­nity as an en­tirety and shared knowl­edge that is see­ing us con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing our pro­gram,’’ he said.

‘‘We are ab­so­lutely thrilled with their in­volve­ment for the bet­ter­ment of the stu­dents.

‘‘I would also like to thank the com­mu­nity for its on­go­ing sup­port which greatly as­sists in the suc­cess of our academy.’’

Se­nior branch man­ager Tra­cie Kyne said the de­ci­sion to con­tinue the banks sup­port was sim­ple.

‘‘The more our cus­tomers bank with us, the more our Com­mu­nity Bank can in­vest in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,’’ she said.

‘‘This is our demon­stra­tion of be­ing able to in­vest in our com­mu­ni­ties to­day.’’

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