Chisholm Institute is teaming up with La Trobe University to give students in Melbourne’s south-east a chance to become the next Damien Hardwick, Craig Bellamy or Peta Searle, following the launch of a new Bachelor of Sports Coaching and Development course delivered as part of the Chisholm Sports Academy.

The course will be targeted at students seeking a full-time career in the sports industry, whether it’s as an analyst, talent scout or head coach.

Students undertaking the course at Chisholm’s Cranbourne campus will be able to broaden their knowledge beyond coaching alone, with a focus on sport and exercise science and athlete development.

Chisholm CEO Dr Rick Ede said it is a wonderful opportunity for students to enrol at the Cranbourne campus and get the skills they need for an exciting new career.

“Melbourne is the sporting capital of the world and we’re thrilled to offer a course in Cranbourne that will give our students the opportunity to play their part in this dynamic industry.

“Whether they’re chasing a career at the grassroots or elite level, we want to give students the expertise they need to hit the ground running,” Dr Ede said.

With this new offering, the Chisholm Sports Academy gives students the opportunity to commence a sports focused education program at Year 11 or 12 in either VCE or VCAL, and continue right through to a bachelor degree all on the one campus.

"This will give students the opportunity to gain placements and internships with Chisholm's industry partners like Melbourne Football Club," Dr Ede said. 
Up until this year the course was only available at the Diploma level through Chisholm, with students then going on to other universities to complete their Bachelor studies. 

Once such student was Ned Weideman who credits the Chisholm Sport Academy with equipping him with the skills he needed to pursue a career in coaching. 

“Before I joined the Academy I didn’t feel like I was providing a good enough service for the kids I was coaching, I didn’t know enough. That was one of the reasons I came to Chisholm, so I could develop the kids and give them a foundation they could build on,” Weideman said. 

Chisholm General Manager, Schools and Pathways Conor Mullan said that the new course was just the start of a whole new offering for local students.

“Students in Melbourne’s south-east shouldn’t have to travel to Gippsland or the other side of the city to study. We look forward to announcing soon a number of new La Trobe University Degrees that can be delivered from Chisholm’s campuses next year,” Mullan said.

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