Selection to the Academy is open to all Year 9 and Year 10 students each year. Selection is made by Mr. Dan Koni (an experienced provincial player, coach and a current National Touch Referee), after the pupils skills, work ethic and sporting credentials are assessed. All boys who apply for the Academy must play for a King’s Junior Touch Team. Based on the skills learned the boys who are in the Academy normally go on to be selected for the 1st Touch team and/or the Junior 1st Touch teams.
The Touch Academy has a number of specific goals. These include:
- Fostering an environment where boys are able to identify their personal strengths and weaknesses and develop individual skills to a level of excellence;
- Enabling students to gain touch refereeing qualifications through Otago Touch and;
- Nurturing and developing students who show talent and potential in Touch.
There is a King’s Invitational Touch tournament in Term 4 where both a Year 9 Touch Academy and a Year 10 Touch Academy team is entered. This tournament doubles as a trial for the Junior and Senior 1st Touch teams.
The Academy will take place during Term 1 and Term 4 with two, one-hour periods each week devoted to the skills of Touch including coaching, refereeing and personal skill development.
The cost is set at approximately $50.00 and is for a full year. This covers course costs, equipment use and uniform hire. In certain cases, scholarships can cover these.
At the end of Terms 1 and 4, students in the Academy will be given an individual assessment, listing strengths, weaknesses and an evaluation and general comment on their attitude, effort and overall performance in the Academy. Goals set at the beginning of these terms are also evaluated.