Hockey Academy

Como Secondary College

The Program

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A long tradition of success at state, national and international levels has established hockey as an on-going success story of Como Secondary College. The program consistently attracts students from all corners of regional Western Australia as well as interstate and international fee-paying students.

Hockey is one of the major areas of study for students enrolled in this program and alongside their remaining academic studies, contributes to their secondary graduation. Students at the academy receive a diverse hockey experience with the major focus being given to skill development, physical conditioning and game strategy.

Our graduates complete a number of nationally recognised qualifications within the program framework. These include:

  • Certificate I & II in Sport and Recreation

Coaching and umpiring accreditations under Hockey Australia and the Australian Sports Commission’s National Coaching & Officiating Accreditation Scheme:

  • Community and Level I Coach
  • Community and Level I Umpire
  • Australian YMCA Institute of Education and Training, HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid Certification

This approach has ensured the academy remains a benchmark for Western Australian school hockey development, with a history of graduates progressing through Hockey Australia high performance pathways, as players, coaches and umpires.

The Facilities

_DSC2871The practical component of the course is conducted mainly at the international standard Perth Hockey Stadium. This stadium was the venue of the 2002 Women’s World Cup and is situated at Curtin University Campus, close to the College’s grounds. The Academy also utilises Duracraft Hockey Stadium facilities at Melville City Hockey Club.

A newly laid synthetic surface has further improved training facilities on school grounds. Coupled with a gymnasium and fitness centre, the college itself provides excellent training and indoor hockey facilities as well as ample security and storage for students’ specialised equipment.

The Coaching Expertise

Our Academy staff are nationally accredited coaches and provide a wealth of experience and expertise through their life-long involvement with hockey at state, national and international levels. The staff of Como Hockey Academy are past players of a State and National Level and have extensive coaching experience across club, state and national levels.

The Academy accesses specialist staff from Hockey WA, as well as Western Australian & Australian Institutes of Sport. This ensures students receive the highest level of coaching available in Western Australia.

The Como Hockey Academy program is endorsed by the governing body of hockey in Western Australia, Hockey WA.

Talented Players

The academy identifies as a non-elite development program, welcoming players of varying levels of skill and ability. Despite this, it has also celebrated the emergence of over 150 state and national representatives in both indoor and outdoor hockey. Numerous past students have become WA Diamonds, WA Thundersticks, Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship holders and have represented Australia at a senior national level.

International Tours

International Tours are offered to Como Hockey Academy students every two years. Such tours offer the students an opportunity to participate in a sporting and cultural exchange with international schools all over the world. Often these tours provide an opportunity to participate in international festivals and tournaments. For example, in 2015 the students travelled to The Netherlands to compete in the 21st International Youth Easter Tournament in The Hague.

International tours provide Hockey Academy students with a platform that not only promotes skill improvement in competition, but also personal growth, stemmed from such experiences as home billeting with international students and their families. All tours are further enhanced by way of visits to places of cultural significance in each location.

Past tours have included The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, UK and Scotland.

Titles

Como Hockey Academy holds an impressive and unmatched record of State School Championship Titles. Como participates in the David Bell Cup, Buchanan Cup and Ross Meadows Shield. All three School Sport WA Competitions provide an opportunity to practice developing skills in a competitive environment.

Notable achievements in recent history:

Buchanan Cup (Open Girls) 12 titles – 1995, 1997, 2000-02, 2004-05, 2007-11
David Bell Cup (Open Boys) 13 titles  – 2000 to 2009, 2011-12, 2014 & 2015
Ross Meadows Shield (7-9 Mixed) 7 titles – 2006-2009, 2011-2014

Applications

The Specialist Hockey Program is designed for students who demonstrate developing hockey playing ability. It is essential students can demonstrate behaviours that reflect a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn new skills and teamwork. Hockey demands excellent co-operation and adherence to complex strategies and tactics and therefore appropriate behaviour is expected at all times.

Tours and representative play requires the students to manage their study program effectively. The program supports academic success as a priority and therefore a position in the Academy is only granted if the student is committed to their academic education.

Students are expected to remain in the program until they successfully graduate from Como Secondary College in Year 12. Both the practical trial and hockey club reference will be used to assess playing ability and coach-ability. The program is designed to provide additional development and supplement students’ hockey outside of the school setting. It is therefore expected that all students are associated with a hockey club.

Specialist Program applications close during Term 2 and testing will follow. Hockey Academy Application form and Expression of Interest form should be forwarded with all supporting documentation to the Enrolments Officer. Exceptional circumstances may allow for late applications and midyear enrolment opportunities.

For enrolment information and application closing dates please visit the Enrolments page or contact the College on 9365 2000.