Flaxmere College students soar to new heights

A pilot youth development programme involving 12 Flaxmere College students developed in partnership between DOVE Hawke’s Bay and Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust is revealing untapped potential and talent.

Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust Manager Sport & Health Performance Joe Payton says team building activities and physical fitness are used to develop resilience, communication, team building and leadership. They will also learn about nutrition and movement competency.

“The programme enables them to be more successful with the sports they play as well as in everyday life.

“Ultimately the programme provides guidance, support and inspiration to these students to stay in education and the programme gives them some variety outside of the classroom.

Joe said the students are loving the 10 week pilot programme being delivered at the sports performance centre and some early feedback has been that students will realise the benefits for many years to come.

“The students probably don’t realise the long lasting benefits of the programme now but they are learning new skills and knowledge that will benefit them in years to come.

DOVE provide pastoral care support for each individual and have upskilled HBCFCT staff in using the mana potential health model, which is a culturally-centered strength based tool for behavioural change.