A new sports academy aims to instil resilience, motivation and commitment in its children.
The sports academy started this year with 10 year 5 to 8 students.
It will celebrate excellence and empower top sports students with mental toughness, fitness and skills. Matua Myles also hopes the academy will help turn around some of Otangarei’s negative crime statistics.
It is something we knew we needed to do because we have some very streetwise students in Otangarei and if we leave it too late some of them are already heading down the wrong path.
The sports academy is thought to be one of the first of its kind at primary-school level in New Zealand.
It is free for the selected students to attend but they must be at school at 8.15am four mornings a week for fitness training and stay behind four afternoons a week for skill training in specific codes