Ex-Broncos player Jack Reed. Picture: Bradley Cooper
Ex-Broncos player Jack Reed. Picture: Bradley Cooper

How this Bronco is helping engage students

A VITAL sports program that helps disengaged teens find their capabilities has just finished its second round at a Noosa school.

Mentoring through Sport launched at Sunshine Beach State High School in 2019 and on Tuesday saw 10 students complete the program.

Run by former Bronco Jack Reed and local league player Tyson Brough, the initiative aims to address basic leadership, discipline, self esteem and other behavioural issues.

Teacher David Swan said the program offers a hands on learning experience different to just sitting in a classroom.

"It's always hard to quantify what we get out of the program but what we do see is an increase in confidence and self esteem in the students, which allows them to tap into their capabilities, particularly in the classroom," Mr Sawn said.

"It focuses on physical activity rather than sitting in a classroom and learning."

MENTORING: Sunshine Beach State High School have just completed their second round of Mentoring through Sport. Pictured: (front) Pedro Stana, Ryder Bourne, (back) Ashley Hill, Jack, Jack Reed, Deegan Holmes, Ciara, Iaisha Broman and Tyson Brough.
MENTORING: Sunshine Beach State High School have just completed their second round of Mentoring through Sport. Pictured: (front) Pedro Stana, Ryder Bourne, (back) Ashley Hill, Jack, Jack Reed, Deegan Holmes, Ciara, Iaisha Broman and Tyson Brough.

The main focus area is Year 7 and 8 students.

"We try and limit the number to about 10 per group," he said.

"They are more one-on-one that way."

While the future of schooling is unknown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Swan said so far the school was planning for business as usual and to resume the program in Term 2.

The Rotary Club of Noosa Heads have financially helped back the program for Sunshine Beach State High School for the rest of the year.

They recently presented a $5000 cheque to SunnyKids, who run the program in partnership with the Brisbane Broncos.

"We are lucky to be backed and supported by the local rotary," Mr Swan said.