The Bradman Foundation’s Coverdrive Program uses sport to engage students with disabilities and together we build a brighter future.
Now in its Fifth year, Coverdrive uses sport based activities and values to teach social skills that flow into every aspect of their life. While having fun and learning different skills the students also learn to play together fairly, share, make decisions, be positive, co-operate and have ago.
During this past 4 years the Coverdrive Program has delivered a series of multi-sports activities tailored to 12 to 17 year old students with special needs from Bowral and Moss Vale High Schools. This year we very pleased to have 8 new students from Picton High attending.
Our weekly sessions continue to run every Thursday during the school term. Led by the Bradman Foundation Coach and his support coaches, we deliver rotational exercises dealing with the primary skills required to play Cricket, Golf, Touch Football, Soccer, AFL and Tennis.
After a fantastic 2 years of golf sessions from James Purcell, we lost his services to Wagga Wagga Country Club, but we are delighted that Mitch Harry the new golf pro from Highlands Golf Club has come on board to continue the fantastic golf sessions. Susie Pervis from Bowral Tennis Club will be back again. This has been a great asset to the program. Total group numbers varied from 50 to 70 with an average of 60 students participating in each session last year. With Picton High School starting and the new group of year 7 students commencing we expect our numbers to continue to grow.
As coach, I was particularly pleased to see the high level of enjoyment and enthusiasm expressed by the students which was confirmed by the consistent rate of repeat student visits. Their engagement with the program was also emphatically confirmed by their teachers who often repeated that Coverdrive was the highlight of the student’s week.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the KKKK Committee for their continued support for what clearly is a valued program for local young people with disabilities and I look forward to developing the relationship further between KKKK and the Bradman Foundation.