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Wednesday January 28th, 2015

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Student athletes who play soccer, baseball and fastball will now be able to earn academic credits as the F.J. Brennan Centre of Excellence and Innovation expands to include new sports academies.

“We’ve had tremendous success in the first year with our Hockey Canada Skills Academy, so we’re broadening our scope to include soccer, baseball and fastball,” said Kevin Hamlin, Principal of the Centre. “Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and this area has always had a strong core of baseball enthusiasts, so we’re confident there will be a lot of student interest in these new course offerings.”

Open to students from Grades 7-12, the open boundary programs are offered at Corpus Christi Catholic Middle School and F.J. Brennan Catholic High School.

Students spend roughly half the day at their school, and the other half at the F.J. Brennan Centre of Excellence and Innovation, located at the recently renovated Central Park Athletics facility.

In addition to developing skills in the sport of their choice, students spend an equal amount of time in the classroom at the facility.

The Hockey Canada Skills Academy was launched last September with more than 90 students in the program.

The Central Park Athletics facility is currently being expanded to include an indoor soccer pitch and baseball training facility in addition to the two ice pads presently located there.

The Board, meanwhile, is currently seeking expressions of interest from baseball and soccer technical experts who will work as consultants at the centre overseeing the students’ skills development.

“There’s a wealth of soccer and baseball expertise in this area so we’re certain there will be some highly qualified people who will be able to work closely with our academic staff while leading the on-field portion of the program,” said Ulicny.

Students who are interested in enrolling in the academies should visit catholicboard.ca or call Kevin Hamlin at 519-945-2351 ext. 2304.

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