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We are excited to announce the VCE VET Sport and Recreation Industry Currency Conference 2021!

You will hear from an amazing panel of speakers across Sport and Recreation and Vocational Education.  They will be sharing their expert insights and knowledge to help you get new ideas and contemporary practices you can embed in your teaching.

You will go into 2022 up to date and ready to deliver current and industry-relevant learning for your students. 

Hosted by Casey Helman

CEO of VET Lab for Schools
VET Education Expert

Casey Helman is the CEO of the VET Lab for Schools and a trusted expert in Vocational Education in Australia. Casey is dedicated to building better learners through an innovative approach to delivering VET in Schools.  Her passion is building an RTO that partners with schools to deliver a quality service that they can trust

Casey is an experienced educator, RTO Owner, consultant and Quality Auditor with over 15 years’ experience.  

Casey has organised an amazing group of Sport and Recreation Industry Professionals and excellent VET Educators to help you get you Industry Currency up to date.

Featuring six amazing Industry Speakers

We are thrilled to have six speakers who are Professional Coaches, Teachers and Sports Administrators with extensive and diverse experience from elite sporting clubs to childhood and community sport and recreation.

Anthony Alsop

General Manager - Marketing and Communications at Melbourne Rebels

Guest Speaker: Social Media Tools for Sport Engagement

Anthony is a marketing and communications professional who has worked in the sports industry both locally and abroad over the past decade.

Having started his own consultancy focusing on the intersection of sport and social media, he then moved into the AFL industry where he spent a large portion of the next 10 years. Other stops included working for the NBA in New York and as Head of Digital for 7Sport. He currently works for the Melbourne Rebels, where he is General Manager of Marketing and Communications.

Andrew Sturgess

Senior Coach at Coburg Football Club

Guest Speaker: Coaching Fundamentals and Managing Groups

Andrew is the current Senior Men’s Coach of the Coburg Football Club in the Victorian Football League after being appointed to the position in August 2019.

Andrew is a teacher by trade with a unique educational background, having worked at Parkville College for most of his professional career. Parkville College is unique because it is the only school that operates with the Juvenile Justice Centres here in Victoria, servicing both the Parkville and Malmsbury campuses.

While football coaching is Andrew’s passion, his experiences at Parkville College have helped shape who he is, how he treats people and how he leads.

Andrew is passionate about building relationships, being part of a team, leading others, challenges and coaching.  He loves seeing others succeed and grow, personally and professionally.

“I look forward to sharing my journey with you and some of my philosophies around leadership, coaching and education.”

Tamara Mason

Sports Specialist

Guest Speaker: The Important of Non-Instructional Sport

Tamara Mason is a sports specialist with more than 16 years experience gained in many sectors of the Australian sports industry.

Working for both national and state organisations, Tamara enjoyed understanding the desires of national goals and strategies and designing resources to implement them at the grass roots level. Moving across into local government provided Tamara with the opportunity to gain further experience working with the community, where her focus is on creating opportunities for women and girls to play sport.

Melanie Pratt

Sports Development Officer at Cardinia Shire Council

Guest Speaker: The Important of Non-Instructional Sport

Melanie Pratt has spent the last 15 years in the sports, participation and club development space and was one of the first council officers employed in sports development (non facility role) within local government. Melanie is recognised by industry peers as a Local Government Sports and Club Development “guru” and shares her knowledge of the space through mentoring, networking, presentations and education.

She has a genuine passion and is dedicated to community development and club and volunteer capacity building as well as looking at industry trends and innovative ways to support participation in sport and physical activity at local community level. Melanie thrives on partnerships and collaboration in working to create inclusive and sustainable community and club environments. 

Jessica Adkins-Barber

Owner, operator and teacher of swimming and water safety, The Little Swim School

Guest Speaker: Coaching Essentials in Foundation Athletes

Jessica has always been a passionate swimmer and lover of water safety. During her school years she was active in Junior Lifeguard clubs and squad swimming training. The natural progression was to complete her Pool Lifeguard course and gain employment. Jessica started as a Birthday party leader, Lifeguard and Swim teacher at Dandenong Oasis in 1999. What she thought was a hobby turned out to be her lifelong passion.

Being a Swim teacher and Lifeguard Jessica was able to follow the summers and work in Australia and the USA for 5 years. Once she decided to stay in the land of Aus, she developed her skillset and moved into aquatic facility management, working for local government, and management groups.

In 2015 Jessica decided it was time to leave big centres and create her own swim centre. In April 2019 her dream became a reality; she built and funded her own swim centre – The Little Swim School – starting out with 0 students, and Jessica herself as the only teacher. She worked her butt off to deliver passionate and personalised service. With the help of the team The Little Swim School has have grown to 650 students, and a staff team of 20!

Hal Marsden

Head of Strength and Power Coach at Western Force

Guest Speaker: The Key Concepts of Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Hal is originally from Northern England and even though he has been in the country since 2012 his accent is as strong as his back squat.

Hal is humble as he is knowledgeable. After working as a Strength and Conditioning coach for rugby clubs in the UK,  Hal became the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Melbourne Storm for the five years.  He was then Head of Performance at Edge Training, an elite training gym in Melbourne, before moving to Perth to join Western Force Rugby Club as Head of Strength and Power Coach.

Our program is useful, contemporary, and relevant.

The day is packed with real-life experience, case studies and practical tools you can implement in your teaching strategies immediately.

Coaching Fundamentals and Managing Groups

Andrew Sturgess
Senior VFL Coach and Teacher

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Get up to date on coaching philosophies and strategies

In this session, we will explore coaching philosophies with Andrew Sturgess, a teacher and high-performance coach by trade. In this session we will discuss:
  • Different coaching philosophies
  • Strategies for managing groups with competing expectations and preferences
  • Insights into the psychology behind people and performance.
You will walk away with current, effective coaching strategies to teach your students.

The Importance of Non-Instructional Sport

Melanie Pratt and Tamara Mason
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Understand the role that non-instructional sport has in our communities

Melanie Pratt and Tamara Mason will lead us in investigating the crucial role that non-instructional sport, fitness and recreation activities have in our local communities. In this session we will:
  • Take a deeper look into non-traditional sports facilities in local government areas
  • Learn how to enhance our teaching and engagement in learning about sport and its role in developing local communities.
You will walk away with able to offer your students deeper, current knowledge on community sport and why it matters.

Social Media Tools for Sport Engagement

Anthony Alsop
GM Marketing and Communications, Melbourne Rebels

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Get a deeper understanding of the impact of social media on sport

Anthony Alsop will lead this session on how social media has changed engagement in sport. This session will include:
  • Hear real-life case studies from elite sporting clubs
  • Insights into the tools sporting clubs use for fan engagement
  • How social media and digital communications impact the club's financial performance.
You will take away current knowledge of contemporary social media tools to update your students next year.

Coaching Essentials in Foundation Athletes

Jessica Adkins-Barber
Owner, The Little Swim School

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A practical guide on how to coach foundation athletes

Jessica taps into her experience working with young swimmers to give us a guide to coaching at a foundation level. This session wil cover:
  • Critical communication skills
  • The importance of demonstration
  • Tips, tools and guidelines for coaching .
You will walk away with practical coaching guidelines that will assist your students in coaching foundation level.

The Key Concepts of Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Hal Marsden
Strength and Performance Coach

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Current tools that are delivering strength and conditiong coaching results

Hal Marsden will share a first-hand look at the tools he uses to create and implement strength and conditioning training programs. In this session you'll learn:
  • The tools your students can use for Strength & Conditioning Programs
  • The Dos and Don'ts of delivering Strength & Conditioning to Secondary School Students
You will walk away with the current knowledge and contemporary skills to improve your teaching strategies for Strength & Conditioning.

Who should attend?

The VCE VET Sport and Recreation Industry Currency Conference is ideal for:

One day.
Six Incredible Industry Professionals.
Your Industry Currency up to date for 2022.

All for $200 + GST

Wednesday 1st December 2021

9am - 3.30pm AEDT

Virtual via Zoom

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