Staff Reporter –
Students from seven Auckland secondary schools attended Massey University’s second Rams Academy Holiday Programme in Albany, Auckland recently.
Rams is an initiative from Massey’s Student Recruitment team designed to encourage students passionate about sport to explore the many opportunities available to them through university study.
Student Recruitment Adviser Reti Simanu said that throughout the three-day programme, students participated in hands-on workshops on coaching, teaching physical education, food technology, nutrition, and sport psychology.
Cook for Life Programme
“We visited Harbour Sport and a World Masters Games football match at QBE Stadium. Nestle showcased its ‘Cook for Life Programme,’ at which students learned about nutritional values and got to cook meals for lunch. We are keen to help students discover more about their passion and show them, in the world of sport and exercise, you can study across a broad range of areas. You do not have to be an athlete to be involved in the sporting industry,” he said.
Students from Green Bay High School, Kelston Boys High School, Mount Albert Grammar, Westlake Girls High School, St Dominic’s College, Epsom Girls Grammar and Long Bay College participated in the Holiday Programme.
Student Recruitment Advisor Andrew Wilson said that Rams enabled the participating students to examine a range of diverse careers.
“These students are impressive as they are all currently playing sport and have a good base in the Sciences, which will help them get into our more science-based programmes like food technology, human nutrition and exercise and sport science,” he said.
Associate Professor in Dietetics and Human Nutrition Rozanne Kruger is keen to support students and showcase how food, nutrition and sport are interlinked.
“It is not only important to be physically active, but also to fuel your body with the correct combination of foods. The Nestle ‘Cook for Life Programme’ demonstrates this concept beautifully. Within our Dietetic programme we support the Cook for Life programme wholeheartedly, as our dietetic students are also participating in developing material for this programme,” she said.
Auckland students at the Rams Academy Holiday Programme last fortnight
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