As Term One of the 2015 school year looms, Souths Cares in conjunction with the NRL’s CareerWise program, have been ensuring that playersare trained up and ready to take the Teachers’ Aide Program into five local South Sydney schools.
Nine of the newest members of the Rabbitohs NRL and NYC squads undertook education support training at Redfern Oval this week under the tutelage of elen Daly from Randwick TAFE College.
“The Rabbitohs and Souths Cares see the importance in providing the newest members of the squad with their initial training,” said acting General Manager of Souths Cares, Leellen Lewis.
“The players were very engaged in Helen’s training which ensured they gained skills that encompass current teaching techniques and approaches.
“The Teachers’ Aide Program plays a vital role in engaging students in their learning and offers our squad members with the opportunity to give back to the community in a very useful way.
“The teaching staff have noted that their students are typically more engaged in their lessons when the players are present and assisting in the classroom.”
The successful program is now in its eighth year of operation and sees the players in the local schools each week of the school year.
“Souths Cares is proud of the way our players conduct themselves in our schools and the schools definitely see the benefits in having them assisting their students’ learning,” said Leellen.
“Having the players actively involved in the classroom reinforces the positive messages of completing your education and leading a healthy and active lifestyle – which are core messages for all students.”
But while the program does plenty for the local community, the training was of great benefit to players, who thanks to the NRL’s CareerWise program, are constantly looking to up-skill for life after football.
The CareerWise program is designed to enhance performance, to help our athletes play a better game on the field and in every area of life, including work, school and further education.
Every club has a qualified Career Coach whose job it is to deliver the CareerWise program and help players plan for life after sport. The program is delivered to players of all ages from elite juniors (U16s and U18s) to State League players, U20s and NRL players.
Based on best practice in career development, the program is there as support through every age and stage. It will help players make well-informed choices about their future career. It will also help pave the way for the future by helping players engage in work, study, work experience, volunteer work and networking that will help them make a smooth transition from professional athlete to professional something-else.
The Souths Cares Teachers' Aide program will be operating in Alexandria Park Community, Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Green Square, La Perouse and Chifley schools over the school year.