Proposed sport school

Proposed sports school

The sports school is responsible for the comprehensive development of athletes and its primary objective is to prepare young athletes for successful careers in their specific disciplines through technical, tactical, psychological and behavioral development. A parallel objective prepares these athletes for success in mainstream education and academics giving them an overall development package useful in both in-competition and post-competition eras of their lives

Proposed sports school structure

The key strategic focus on the sports school is to develop nascent talent in young athletes through a program that makes them not only highly skilled in their specific sport but also intellectually and social mature thinkers, leaders and diplomats with high contributive potential to Sri Lankan and global society.

The school will concentrate its activities on a mix of sport disciplines that is a balance between local preference, physical advantages with respect to the general physical attributes of average Sri Lankans and the potential for reducing conflict mentalities and improving social integration. The ten disciplines that will be handled at the school will be gymnastics, athletics, soccer, swimming and diving, cricket, volleyball, netball, badminton, tennis and field hockey.

It is common knowledge that coaching plays a critical role in creating the most conducive environment for enabling high-performance among athletes. Therefore SPEED will have a team of the most knowledgeable and experienced coaching staff for each of the disciplines. SPEED strives to provide these coaches with the best possible infrastructure, equipment and facilities to ensure that their young charges optimize their talents and abilities, as well as providing access to the outcomes of leading edge sports science research.

The programs will take in pre-identified high performers at the primary school and secondary school levels and provide them with a long term framework of development for each athlete coupled with sound educational and social skills as explained in the diagram above. Both the sport environment and the learning and cultural environment are structured to create an enjoyable yet highly disciplined experience for the athletes. This aims to ensure that on graduation, the country gains well rounded, high performing young athletes skilled and sensitized to social issues, knowledgeable about the world and capable of becoming leaders in both sports and academics.

A core team of head coach, two assistants and three support personnel are tasked with creating the best possible program for their specific discipline. Ten such teams will be created for the ten disciplines handled by SPEED. Additionally, a comprehensive fitness program and nutrition program will ensure that the athletes have a sound physical foundation for higher performance.

SPEED also understands that exclusive concentration on sport for performance is insufficient to create a universally enabled athlete. Therefore, the sports school has two other components, namely, a welfare component that looks into all of the psychosocial aspects of an athlete and his community and a comprehensive education program that prepares them for academic excellence aimed at ensuring that they are contributing citizens of the country in their post-competition era.

SPEED’s sport school pays very serious attention to providing optimal opportunities for girls, disabled athletes and athletes hailing from poorer background who have the talent but lack recognition, training or facilities to bring these to fruition. SPEED is proud of the outreach program which actively searches out latent/raw talent in marginalized areas.

Additionally, it will have significant ties to the Academic, and Research and Development as well as the outreach program of SPEED. Those programs will feed high quality ‘talent’ to the school as well as the outcomes of research and development into various sport related thrust areas, including sport medicine and nutrition which have been identified as key gap areas across Sri Lanka.