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Resistance Training for Teens



As students transition from adolescence to adulthood, unstructured and non-competitive physical activities, otherwise known as ‘lifelong’ physical activities, become increasingly important for maintaining an active lifestyle. 

Despite common misconceptions, supervised and properly conducted resistance training is a safe and healthy activity for school students, and evidence clearly shows it can help students improve strength, manage weight, enhance sports performance, build self-esteem, and reduce the risk of sports-related injuries. In particular it is very effective in motivating less engaged students to be more active. Yet, few schools offer resistance training within their Physical Education or School Sport programs. 

The NSW Department of Education School Sport Unit recently partnered with researchers from the University of Newcastle to design and implement a school-based program known as Resistance Training for Teens. The Resistance Training for Teens program is typically offered to stage 4 and 5 students in NSW public schools as a school sport option and can be delivered by trained teachers from any subject area (not just the ‘sporty’ ones). 

The Resistance Training for Teens program incorporates accredited teacher professional learning, physical activity resources, and a purpose-built smartphone application to support teachers to deliver foundational resistance training and other health and fitness activities (e.g., boxing fitness, yoga etc) in their schools. 

Ideally Resistance Training for Teens could be offered as a 7-10 week program - an ideal sport option for stage 4 and 5 students! 

2018 dates and venues for Resistance Training for Teens courses are:


Date Venue Time Cost
5 April 2018 The Ponds High School  8:30am - 3:00pm $290 (Non DoE $377) 
 10 April 2018 PCYC Dubbo  8:30am - 3:00pm $290 (Non DoE $377) 
26 June 2018  NBSC Cromer Campus  8:30am - 3:00pm  $290 (Non DoE $377) 
21 September 2018  Junee High School  8:30am - 3:00pm  $290 (Non DoE $377) 
5 November 2018  Moruya High School  8:30am - 3:00pm  $290 (Non DoE $377) 






Jenny Ekanayake  9707 6930                               Chris Kelleway   9707 6956          


Apply online via School Sport website or via MyPL