Academy for Student Athlete Development (ASAD)

What is ASAD?

The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) has joined a unique and innovative initiative to help more aspiring student athletes achieve athletic and academic success while staying close to home, families, and friends.

The Academy for Student Athlete Development (ASAD) is a program designed to support high school aged student-athletes participating in high performance sports as they strive for success at regional, provincial, national, and international levels of competition.


asad logo

How ASAD works

ASAD is a program that allows students to earn academic credit while receiving daily strength and conditioning or sport specific training. Student athletes attend the ASAD London campus, located at the Western Fair Sports Centre for half of the school day, with the remaining half day spent at the student’s TVDSB school.

Each athlete at ASAD is considered a full-time, secondary student. This ensures eligibility and preparation for next level placement in Canada, the United States and internationally for sports and education.

Academics

Student studying in a classroom with a laptopEvery student athlete at ASAD completes academic coursework in line with the provincial Ministry of Education curriculum, maintaining their pathway of 30 academic credits to graduation. Student timetables are established by the home school Guidance Departments in collaboration with the ASAD teachers and/or support staff.

  • Each school day, students participate in two academic periods at ASAD, and two academic periods at their home school.
  • At ASAD, students work towards obtaining one Health and Physical Education credit and one additional credit per semester which is delivered and/or supported by a TVDSB teacher.
  • Google Classroom, Brightspace and Chromebook supports are provided in the ASAD classroom environment.
  • Students are able to maintain their academic pathway for post-secondary destinations.
Athletics

Girl student pushing weights on sled in weight roomStudent-athletes get a tailored athletic development plan from ASAD. We work with Provincial and National Sport Organizations to ensure alignment with the Long-Term Athlete Development Model for each sport and each individual sport’s high performance pathway.

This includes:

  • Sport Specific Technical Training 
  • Strength and Conditioning 
  • Nutrition Seminars 
  • Sports Psychology 
  • Athlete Mental Health Awareness Training and Support 
  • Physical Literacy and lifestyle management


ASAD student athletes are encouraged to participate on their high school sport teams. Because all ASAD student athletes attend the home school of their current residence, many remain eligible for regional and provincial high school sport competition. 
We are proud to have local coaches who are highly recommended by their respective Provincial or National Sports Organizations. Our coaches are certified through the National Coach Certification Program or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NCCP or CSCS) at the Train to Compete level.


Athletic Streams

Hockey

Students playing hockeyThis stream is focused on hockey technical skills and training. Students are on the ice twice a week with Instructors from Total Package Hockey (TPH) for skill development sessions. Students also participate in three strength and conditioning workouts per week in the Total Package Speed, Strength and Conditioning training facility. All training sessions take place at the Western Fair Sports Centre.

When not training or on the ice, students will have dedicated classroom time in the ASAD classroom which is also in the Western Fair Sports Centre.

Goalie specific technical training is provided by Elite Canadian Goaltending.

The hockey stream includes:

  • 72+ skill sessions
  • 55+ strength and conditioning sessions
  • Monthly Mental Performance/Sport Psychology sessions
  • Monthly Sports Nutrition Seminars
  • Academic support

Weekly Schedule (subject to change): 

Time 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

8:00-9:15 am 

 

@ Western Fair Sports Centre 

 

On ice skill session 

 

Strength and Conditioning 

 

On ice skill session 

 

Strength and Conditioning 

 

Strength and Conditioning 

9:15-10:30 am 

 

@ Western Fair Sports Centre 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

10:55-12:10 pm​ 

LUNCH (at home school)​ 

12:12-1:27pm​ 

Class 3 (at home school)​ 

1:30-2:45 pm​ 

Class 4 (at home school)​ 

Volleyball

Volley ball players tracking information on a whiteboardThis stream is focused on volleyball technical skills and training. Students are on court twice a week at Fanshawe College for skill development sessions. All technical sessions take place at Fanshawe College. Students also participate in three strength and conditioning workouts per week in the Total Package Speed, Strength and Conditioning training facility at Western Fair Sports Centre.

When not training or on court, students will have dedicated classroom time in the ASAD classroom which is also in the Western Fair Sports Centre.

The volleyball stream includes: 
  • 72+ skill sessions 

  • 100+ strength and conditioning sessions

  • Monthly Mental Performance/Sport Psychology sessions

  • Monthly Sports Nutrition Seminars

  • Academic support


Weekly Schedule (subject to change):

Time 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

8:00-9:15 am 

@ Western Fair Sports Centre 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

9:15-10:30 am 

@ Western Fair Sports Centre 

Strength 

 and Conditioning 

Strength 

 and Conditioning 

*Technical Training @ Fanshawe College 

*Technical Training 

@ Fanshawe College 

Strength 

 and Conditioning 

10:55-12:10 pm​ 

LUNCH (at home school)​ 

12:12-1:27pm​ 

Class 3 (at home school)​ 

1:30-2:45 pm​ 

Class 4 (at home school)​ 

Soccer

soccer ball in grassThis stream is focused on soccer technical skills and training. Students are on the pitch twice a week at the BMO Centre for skill development sessions. Students also participate in three strength and conditioning workouts per week in the Total Package Speed, Strength and Conditioning training facility at Western Fair Sports Centre.

When not training or on the pitch, students will have dedicated classroom time in the ASAD classroom which is also in the Western Fair Sports Centre.

The soccer stream includes:
 
  • 72+ skill sessions 

  • 100+ strength and conditioning sessions 

  • Monthly Mental Performance/Sport Psychology sessions 

  • Monthly Sports Nutrition Seminars 

  • Academic support


Weekly Schedule (subject to change): 

Time 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

8:00-9:15 am 

@ Western Fair Sports Centre 

Strength  

and Conditioning 

*Technical Training @ BMO 

*Technical Training @ BMO 

Strength 

 and Conditioning 

Strength 

 and Conditioning 

9:15-10:30 am 

@ Western Fair Sports Centre 

Classroom 

Classroom 

Classroom 

Classroom 

Classroom 

10:55-12:10 pm​ 

LUNCH (at home school)​ 

12:12-1:27pm​ 

Class 3 (at home school)​ 

1:30-2:45 pm​ 

Class 4 (at home school)​ 

 
Individual Sports Stream

Student working out aloneThis stream is focused on speed, 
strength, and conditioning for all sports other than those that have technical streams. Students will be in the 
Total Package Speed, Strength and Conditioning training facility at Western Fair Sports Centre 5 days a week. Emphasis is placed on developing a variety of fundamental movements and the implementation of an individualized program that is more specific to their sport. Past Individual Stream athletes have participated in sports such as basketball, lacrosse, figure skating, baseball, fastball, cycling, track and field, rock climbing, gymnastics, rugby, wrestling, and the list goes on. 

When not training, students will have dedicated classroom time in the ASAD classroom which is also in the Western Fair Sports Centre.

The Individual Sports Stream includes: 

  • 180+ strength and conditioning sessions 

  • Individualized program design 

  • Monthly Mental Performance/Sport Psychology sessions 

  • Monthly Sports Nutrition Seminars 

  • Academic support

 

Weekly Schedule (subject to change): 

Time 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

8:00-9:15 am 

@ Western Fair Sports Centre 

 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

 

Classroom 

9:15-10:30 am 

@ Western Fair Sports Centre 

 

 

Strength 

 and Conditioning 

 

Strength 

 and Conditioning 

 

Strength 

 and Conditioning 

 

Strength 

 and  

Conditioning 

 

Strength 

 and  

Conditioning 

10:55-12:10 pm​ 

LUNCH (at home school)​ 

12:12-1:27pm​ 

Class 3 (at home school)​ 

1:30-2:45 pm​ 

Class 4 (at home school)​ 

Football (coming February 2024) 

We are excited to offer a stream that is focused on football technical skills and training! Students will be on the field at BMO Centre twice a week with Total Package Speed, Strength and Conditioning Instructors as well as a variety of guest coaches. Students also participate in three strength and conditioning workouts per week in the Total Package Speed, Strength and Conditioning training facility at Western Fair Sports Centre.

When not training or on the field, students will have dedicated classroom time in the ASAD classroom which is also in the Western Fair Sports Centre.

The football stream includes: 

  • 36+ skill sessions 

  • 55+ strength and conditioning sessions 

  • Monthly Mental Performance/Sport Psychology sessions 

  • Monthly Sports Nutrition Seminars 

  • Academic support 

 

Contact


Matt King (Lead Teacher)
ma.king@tvdsb.ca

Madison Boone (ASAD London Program Supervisor) asadlondon@abilitiescentre.org 

 

 

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