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Junior Elite Training Squad

Junior Elite Training Squad (JETS) is a group of up to 10 Green Bay High School students who are identified for their sporting potential.

Athletes are selected based on a number of attributes and not just their current sporting performance. Selectors will be looking at students’ attitude, current performance both academically and sporting, and where the student wants to go. This Squad brings together a partnership that can provide the best possible environment for a developing athlete.

The three partners within the programme are AUT Millennium, Les Mills New Lynn and Green Bay High School. This was the first programme of its kind, that we are aware of, to be set up in New Zealand Secondary Schools.

The JETS programme will focus on a holistic approach to supporting these students; it will provide them with the following structures:

• Academic support and guidance on a weekly basis
• Goal setting and planning both academic and sporting
• Time management support – Balance between academic and sport
• Personal development – managing self
• Full athlete assessment from AUT Millennium Sport Science
• Full athlete profile and individual training programmes
• Continual support from AUT Millennium in all aspects throughout the year
• Opportunity to gain financial assistance in their chosen sport

Financially this programme will not cost students anything to be involved, all students will be funded to participate in this programme. In terms of student commitment to the programme we will be expecting a lot from each individual. They will be asked to sign a contract along with their family to agree to the conditions of this programme. They will be expected to attend all planned classroom sessions, gym sessions and trainings that are established in their schedule. They will be expected to maintain a satisfactory level of academic success and achieve all set goals both academically and sporting. If students fail to adhere to their contract over a set period of time, they will be asked to leave and be replaced by the next suitable student.

Each student’s goal will be different and our aim is to ensure we provide the best possible support to help the student achieve this. Many of them will be aiming to reach international sporting success and along with this we can show them the opportunities such as athlete scholarships in US Colleges etc. that could be available to them. By working with AUT Millennium we can help them to network with the right people and find the path they need to succeed.

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of selectors including each of the current partners and sports specialists to ensure the best candidates are selected. These students will then be offered a position in the squad and be asked to sign a contract before commencing. Students who are not successful will be notified. The JETS programme is unique to our school and can provide an opportunity for elite sports students to get the support they need that is individualised, connected and innovative. With the support of the whole school we hope to see this exciting programme reach its full potential.

For more information about the JETS programme, please contact our Sports Office