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8 Tuesday April 17 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi WESTERN NEWS Making future coaches at Hornby High HORNBY HIGH School is among 60 other secondary schools training their students to be coaches. Growing Coaches is a leadership programme for secondary school students who want to coach sport. Staff from Netball Mainland, Canterbury Rugby Football Union, Canterbury Hockey and Mainland Football assisted during a full-day workshop last Friday. The morning session focused on theory and, in the afternoon, year 11, 12 and 13 students took responsibility for teaching year their 7 and 8 peers hockey, netball, rugby and football skills. The Sport Canterbury-led programme was adopted by Hornby High following the earthquakes, when sports participation among young people was low. Hornby High head of sport Ian Hilliard has seen tremendous benefits for the student coaches, including “the gaining of confidence in their interpersonal skills and developing their leadership.” TEACHING: Hornby High School students teaching hockey skills to younger students during a coaching workshop. After finishing school, several students involved have chosen to return to Hornby High to continue coaching as volunteers. “Quite a few are giving back to the community and coaching in SCHOOLS sports clubs as well,” he said. Student CJ McNabb has found the programme extremely rewarding. “It was good to see the students getting involved and engaged.” Said year 11 student Megan Heppler: “It’s good to be able to help the kids improve their techniques and the whole overall experience.” Mr Hilliard hoped the students will continue to grow through coaching and appreciate how much they have to offer. “Now that you know how to coach, you’re putting something positive back into the community,” he said. Year 12 student and coach Jack Arley understands the pathway this programme opens up for his future. “It will be good for the future and getting a job – good experience,” he said. •More schools, page 12 Students win awards from Macbeth production TWO AWARDS went to Hornby High School students for their performances in the annual SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. 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