Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Jones' Village Sports Academy joins with Unitec

MEDIA RELEASE                              19 February 2013

Jones' Village Sports Academy joins with Unitec to provide new opportunities for Pacific and Maori youth

Legendary former All Black Michael Jones, founder and Chairman of the Village Sports Academy (VSA), has been the driving force behind a new partnership with Unitec focused on lifting the achievement of disengaged Pacific and Maori youth who leave school without qualifications.

VSA has teamed up with Bridgepoint Foundation Education at Unitec to offer a new 16 week Level 2 foundation programme that aims to build confidence, knowledge and encourage leadership skills which are essential for a career in sport.

"We had always identified Unitec as an ideal partner for us. Their focus on West and Central Auckland, and commitment to engaging Pacific and Maori youth aligns perfectly with our philosophy," says Jones.

"Education is the doorway to get into work, so it's important to do courses that lead to jobs. By offering vocational skills, Unitec and VSA are ensuring young people come out and gain employment; because ultimately it's about more than qualifications, it's about the opportunities these qualifications open up for our people."

The course is set to begin on the 24th of February with the official launch taking place on the 26th of February. The launch will include breakfast with the Blues Super Rugby Franchise who are based at Unitec.

"The course is all about supporting these students into success," says Nick Sheppard, Bridgepoint's Academic Director, "It's a real collaborative approach to increasing the success of these learners and the next step is to connect them with pathways in sport, nursing, early childhood education, construction, engineering and other programmes. We're excited about breaking down the barriers between tertiary and community and working together in new and innovative ways."

As leaders in their community VSA are passionate about being part of the solution by providing access for Pacific and Maori youth into education. Jones says, "Our course uses sport as a hook, because for a lot of our young Maori and Pacific people sport is something that they're passionate about."

"We believe there's potential in every young person and we're committed to doing our part to make a difference. We want to get them into jobs as we see that as critical for a sense of purpose and family and self-empowerment. Our catch cry is maximise your potential."

He also believes in individual and whanau transformation through education. "We're very passionate about that. It's great fulfilling a dream in sport, but education has always been the key to me being able to do what I want in life."

About the programme
Village Sport Academy - Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) - Sport Focus
Unitec Mt Albert Campus
Fees free options available for 16-24 year olds
Start Date - 24th February 2014

Contact - www.unitec.ac.nz/vsa

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Super Rugby: Parade To Celebrate Highlanders’ Win

The Dunedin City Council is urging people to come along on Monday to congratulate the team on its win in Wellington tonight. The Highlanders will leave from outside the Dental School at midday. More>>

ALSO:

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news