Hockey a driver for Oxley program

OXLEY High School is looking to capitalise on the momentum of two straight State Hockey Knockout wins.

A Targeted Sports Program will be implemented into the curriculum next year.

Starting with hockey in 2014, the program hopes to cover four major sports in 2015.

Touch football, soccer, and cricket will be the other sports to join the 


Targeted Sports Program Co-Ordinator Peter Yeo said students entering the course would  undertake a specialised development program in their chosen sport.

The program will be run during school time and will count as a subject.

The new program will be available to students in Years 8, 9 and 10 and will run for 30 weeks.

Trials will take place in the first three weeks of term one, with the program beginning in week four.

Only 20 students will be accepted into each sport.

“It will be mainly prac- based with an emphasis on fitness and skills,” Yeo said.

“We will also be using local facilities such as the hockey fields, gyms and pools to facilitate different aspects of the course.”

Oxley will be the only school in Tamworth to offer a Targeted Sportsprogram.

“We are looking at doing something different to attract students to the school,” Yeo said.

“We want to meet different needs for different students, and talented students.”

“If a student is on the verge of state or national selection, it is better for them to focus on that sport at that time.”

Recently the school has had an Australian representative go through in Sam Liles.

“The program is about targeting students like Sam Liles and helping them on that path.”

“It is not for students who want to come and try a sport.”

“We are looking for ability, interest, and potential with a recognisable commitment to school studies as well.”

Whilst touch football has been earmarked to start in 2015, with enough interest it could also get up and running next year.

Expressions of interest for both the hockey and touch program are now being sought.

For further information or expressions of interest, email Peter Yeo at

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