The Backpage Term 3 Week 10

“Ferguson’s Formula” published in the Harvard Business Review by professor Anita Elberse lists the eight secrets to success used by Sir Alex Ferguson in becoming the most successful manager in the history of English football.

It is of no surprise that the first secret to success is: start with the foundation. It is explained that the first order of business at Manchester United was building the youth system that could sustain the club for years. At Scots our deliberate sport focus over the past two years has been on the development of the Mind Body Heart program. A program designed to develop our young athletes physically through strength and biomechanics training so that they are prepared for top level performances in their senior years.  Paralleling this program is the introduction of Junior Development Coordinators, tasked with overseeing the development and curriculum within individual sports from years 7-10.

On Saturday, it gave me great pleasure to witness the performance of our Athletics team at the AAGPS Championships at SOPAC. The highlight of this season for me was witnessing a number of our year 12 boys, who after years of committing to training and competing as part of our Athletics program earn for their first time at the College a position on our Opens championship team. A great example of this was Trent Lindstrom, who has been involved in the sport from year 7, has never qualified for a spot on our team until year 12, who earned the spot this year as our Opens Championship 100m runner, finishing in 2nd place on the day.  There are a number of outstanding stories from Saturday and it was a phenomenal “team” performance with our Opens team finishing 2nd overall on the day.

The 2017 sport season has come to a close and as our boys and coaches prepare for the upcoming summer season, it would be easy to reflect on the successes of the past year, the most successful in the history of the College and be content with what we have achieved. Instead, I urge all boys in the College to commit to their training. You have witnessed this year what can be achieved from boys who have committed to what Ferguson described as the foundation. I look forward to seeing many of you at the College training hard over the holiday.

I would like to thank on behalf our sports team our year 12 boys and parents for their support of Scots sport throughout their time at the College and wish all of them the best with their HSC exams.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend Scots competed in the AAGPS Athletic Carnival at SOPAC. What a great day for Scots. Our Opens team lost to Kings by the narrowest of margins. This is a fantastic result given that Kings won most of the Open Championship events. It was the depth of the program that kept Scots in the competition. Well done to Luke Gosper, Remy Kidd, Jack Lee, Charlie Burgess-Hoar, Charlie Burnett, Max Freer, Campbell Pert, Alessandro Savian and Thomas Yassmin who all got a 1st place on the day in Opens.

The Intermediate and Junior teams also competing very well across the program.

Have a great holiday and be ready for Summer Sport when we return in Term 4.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Our Scots IPHSA representatives performed exceptionally well at NSWCIS and this is testament to their excellent application to training with Mr Thomas and leadership of Mr Goldrick. Amongst many highlights was both our relay teams gaining medals and a place in the CIS team to compete at the NSWPSSA Championships in Term 4.

On Saturday we held the Scots Hoops invitational which brought together 8 of the top schools in the IPSHA competition. Our Prep First Basketball team went through undefeated and narrowly beat a Redlands team consisting of 6 NSWCIS Reps. An incredible achievement that highlights how teamwork can overcome a team of individuals.

A reminder of the following Prep Sport Clinics that will be operating in the holidays.

Prep Holiday Basketball Clinic

Date: Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 October 2017

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Venue: Lions' Den gym, Senior School campus (Indoors)

Year: Year 2 to Year 6

Cost: $90 for one day, $180 for two days or $270 for three days

Bookings: Pleaseclick here

Prep Holiday Cricket Clinic

Date: Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 October 2017

Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Fairfax nets and courts

Year: Years 3 to 6

Cost: $60 for one day, $120 for two days or $180 for three days

Bookings: Pleaseclick here

Prep Holiday Water Polo Clinic

Date: Monday 9 to Tuesday 10 October 2017

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: College Pool, Senior School campus (Outdoors)

Year: Years 3 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $90 for two days

Bookings: Pleaseclick here

From Daniel Markham, Director of The Mind Body Heart Pathway & Head of PDHPE

The Mind Body Heart team would like to invite and encourage all students to continue with their training programs throughout the holidays at the College. This is a great opportunity to make significant gains in strength, power, speed and fitness. The MBH sessions will continue to run as follows:

WHEN: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6.00am-8.30am (S&C) 8.00am-9.30am (Speed)

WHERE: John Solomon Gym and Main Oval

WHO: Students years 7-12

WHAT TO BRING: College sports uniform, towel and water bottle

Come and get ‘The STRONG advantage’!

Story of The Week - AAGPS Athletics Championships, Saturday 16 September 2017

Last Saturday we competed in the AAGPS Athletics Championships and The Scots College achieved their highest ever score from an Opens team in history.

Over 100 boys were selected to represent the College at the Championship and every single one of them gave 100% and were a credit to the College. It was an early start to the day, but I could tell the boys couldn't wait to get their opportunity to compete and put all that hard work over the year and dedication into action.

Throughout the day, personal bests were broken across all ages, but the Opens Championships was shaping up to be a close finish. We finished a superb second place, only just behind Kings, who knew they were going to have a tough day at the office with us.

The depth of the Athletics programme was highlighted on Saturday, with some super performances from boys who have only recently started athletics this year.

I am excited for the future of Athletics at the college, with the development of all the boys at the heart of what we do.

Well done boys, you did us proud.

Mr Matthew Williams

Director of Athletics & Cross Country

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport