Almost every elite tennis player at some point will experience great difficulty in trying to balance school, daily tennis, commuting, family time and homework as it takes a huge time commitment to succeed both academically and in in tennis.
In order to achieve expertise in any field, a child will need both volume and quality of training throughout their formative years (famously referred to as '10,000 hours' of purposeful practice).
That's why Voyager Tennis Academy and the McDonald College have come together to make balance a reality as students now receive a first class school education and a world-class tennis program with kids home by 5:30pm every day!
The McDonald College (TMC) specialise in providing a first class academic program that dovetails with a high performance pursuit program.
It is conveniently located on North Strathfield Railway line and is less than 3 kms from Sydney Olympic Park where students train with in Voyager Tennis Academy.
The Mcdonald College has a student population of 270 from year 3 to year 12. It is co-educational and non-denominational. The College’s aim is to kindle a deep love of performance whilst fostering academic rigour and wider love of learning. The school day is structured so that students can dedicate 2.5 -3 hours of tennis training each day.
There are 3 timetables offered:
• Years 5 & 6
• Years 7, 8 & 9
• Years 10, 11 & 12
The aim of the Partnership is for students to successfully graduate from Year 12 with an academic result worthy of a U.S. or Australian College/University Scholarship.
TMC prides itself on providing flexible options for students recognizing their many performance demands whilst completing their secondary schooling to the highest individual level.
TMC recognises that students working at an elite performance level will require understanding and support to attend tournaments and be personally organized/disciplined enabling them to complete all academic requirements concurrently.
For more information, visit The McDonald College website.
The majority of The Mcdonald College students are aiming to achieve a College Tennis scholarship in the United States.
At present, there are many Voyager Graduates currently on U.S. Tennis Scholarships at some of the best universities in the world. Scholarships can be worth up to $500,000.00 over a 4 year period and to achieve this, U.S College coaches are looking for students to have have a very high tennis standard by year 12.
Many students are currently utilising The Voyager McDonald College program as a way to fast track their tennis to give them the best possible chance of a U.S. College Tennis scholarship.
Another bonus of the program is that we run weekly Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) tournament match play that College coaches use to recruit Australian players.
For more information about U.S. College Tennis visit our U.S. College Page.
The Voyager McDonald College Elite Training Program has one of the most competitive training environments in Australia.
The McDonald College students also train with other Voyager Tennis players, who are:
1) National Champions and other top ranked Australian Juniors
2) Futures / Challengers players and touring professionals
3) International players (from Japan, India, China, US, Singapore and many other countries)
McDonald College players have the opportunity to train 5 days a week from Monday to Friday across 4 school terms per year.
Each term is structured with the following building blocks within our tennis schedule:
Covers technical, tactical and mental components
Themed & Competitive Match play
Themed match play is designed to emphasise weekly themes while competitive match play is designed to see if student can apply what has been learnt during the week in a competitive situation.
Recovery (Injury Prevention)
Trigger point work, use of foam rollers, stretching and warm downs.
Off court lectures on strategy and the mental component. We believe our players can improve off the court as well as on. We often use these sessions in the case of wet weather.
Each player has a periodised and personalised tournament schedule.
Benchmarking and Testing
Our approach is about ensuring that our athletes are continually improving towards defined, shared objectives. We have a systematic approach of goal setting and bench marking in place. Once per term, students are provided with a mentoring session to go over their benchmarks to reflect on their progress. An example of the areas benchmarked and tested are below.
Ball Striking - Serve, return, groundstrokes, volley and smash analysis
Physical conditioning - Endurance, speed, agility, strength testing
Flexibility - Key stretch distances achieved
Quality of footwork - Coach analysis
Mental toughness - Match statistics, peer and coach analysis
Game ownership - Hours of self-organised practice per week, rate of improvement
Tactical awareness - Match statistics and written assignments
Tournament Performance - Australian ranking for birth year
The review also covers a summary analysis of all progress and identification of areas of development across each of the 4 Cals.
Physical training is of the utmost importance to tennis athletes who are serious about maximising their potential on the court.
The Voyager McDonald College physical program is designed to develop the player's athletic characteristics such as speed, agility, endurance, core stability, strength, power, balance, flexibility and posture, whilst at the same time reducing the chance of short and long term repetitive injuries.
Students are coached through multiple on-site gym sessions and fitness sessions every week by the Precision Athletica team.
Precision Athletica is an institute of sport and high performance sports physiotherapy based out of Sydney Olympic Park. They offer services such as sports physiotherapy, exercise physiology, sports science, sports psychology, sports dietetics and other rehabilitation programs for our athletes. The level of service that they provide is second to none in the industry.
For more information on Precision Athletica, visit our partners page.
Competing in tournaments is one of the key components of developing as a player.
Our coaching team has extensive experience on the professional tour and College Tennis and know the keys to enhance tournament performance.
The Tournament Mentoring Service that we offer, provides Voyager Tennis Academy coaches to travel to tournaments to provide valuable mentoring to the players.
Players get the following benefits from have a professional coach at tournaments:
1. Learning and implementing professional warm up and cool down routines
2. Advice on the importance of nutrition during tournaments
3. Pre match discussions on tactics and tips for maximising performance
4. Match Analysis
5. Post match debrief from the coach including opponent analysis and areas of game development to work prioritise.
Our aim is to have players starting to think, act and perform like professionals and be at their best when it counts.
The steps to enrol in the McDonald College program are as follow:
Step 1: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Book in with The McDoanld College and Voyager Tennis for a trial day where players can experience exactly what it's like to do a full day in the program combining the academics and tennis
Step 3: Arrange your course attendance dates
Step 4: Pay course fees prior to commencement of program
Step 5: Complete and sign all forms
Playing level and attitude criteria
Please note that there are no guarantees of a player being accepted into the program. This is an elite program with many of Australia's best junior and senior players and we only accept players who are the right fit for the academy and the School.
All Voyager tennis programs run in line with the NSW School term dates.
Fees will be provided on application (N.B. All international transfers and Agent Fees are additional)
For students who attend other schools, there is still an opportunity to get involved in the McDonald College tennis program which runs in line with NSW school term dates.
Many of Sydney's private schools break up 1 week earlier than our academy program finishing date, which provides a great training opportunity during that week.
It's quite common for students attending public and other schools that run in line with the academy program, to attend an Elite holiday camp for a day or 2 during the last week of the term as well.
For more information about the performance holiday camps including dates, please contact Olympicpark@voyagertennis.com.
School holiday tournament mentoring
The Voyager Academy encourages all players to use the school holiday period as a time to test their progress and compete in the numerous tournaments on offer.
Our Tournament Mentoring Service is where our Voyager Coaching team travels to tournaments to provide valuable mentoring to our players.
For McDonald Students who don't live in Sydney there are a number of accommodation options to consider:
1. Home-stay is the most popular option for our athletes, as it helps to encourage a normal family environment and gives players a further support group outside of training.
2. Staying with another McDonald College student's familiy who lives in Sydney. This is also a great option for students who live interstate or overseas.
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The McDonald College Program currently has a number of students from various countries including Japan, China, India, United States, Singapore and more.
For more information for players coming from overseas visit our Internationals Page.