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.
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.’’