Welcome to
Bayside Barracudas

Bayside Christian College is pleased to introduce the Fraser Coast’s most elite Rugby League Development Program for both boys and girls.

Like our namesake, the Bayside Barracudas are a strong and united team of young people, committed to excellence and high performance – Brothers and Sisters to Inspire, Serve and Honour in Unity.

The Bayside Barracuda’s approach to rugby league development is unique within our region and offers outstanding educational and sporting opportunities for our performance athletes.

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are currently accepting applications for students entering Years 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 in 2025. Students in Years 9 and 10 are encouraged to apply.

Call for players in Years 6 to 10 in 2025–APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

Applications are now open for both boys and girls who will be in Years 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 in 2025.

Players in Years 9 and 10 are encouraged to apply.

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About Bayside Barracudas

Students will study the game and develop their style of play, undertake specialised training, learn about Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology and Human Sports Performance, have the opportunity to gain Referee and Coaching accreditations. They’ll be supported by their own Mentor, receive Academic assistance, and upon successful Graduation from the Program at the end of Year 12, be invited to join the Barracuda’s Alumni Mentoring Program to receive further support in developing their game and career goals.

With a dedicated and exclusive partnership with the region’s leading community-based Rugby League Club — the Hervey Bay Seagulls, and now boasting the leading A-Grade Coach in the region, Mr Brett Carter, our program not only offers outstanding coaching and development programs but a pathway to the region’s leading Club.

100% Bursary for College tuition fees

Students selected for this elite program are sponsored and supported in their education by the Bayside Barracudas by way of a 100% Bursary for College Tuition Fees.

Are you determined to be a Barracuda?

Are you strong enough … competitive enough … determined enough to be a Barracuda? If you have what it takes — apply to join the program now!

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Barracudas drill training on oval
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Barracudas Rugby League Development Program

 

The Program

The Bayside Barracudas offer a unique program and opportunity for their high-performance athletes to ensure expert coaching, a pathway to our leading partners — the Hervey Bay Seagulls, and a relationship with our NRL Patron Club — The mighty Dolphins!

Students are selected for the program through a series of Selection Trials, and must gain entry through standard enrolment at Bayside Christian College. Once selected into the program and following standard enrolment at the College, students will join other like-minded, competitive athletes, ready to aim for the highest performance and achievement in their chosen sport.

Unlike most development programs, the Bayside Barracudas will study rugby league as a subject during the normal timetabled day and will have between 160–320 minutes of dedicated time per week to learn the game from the region’s leading A-grade Coach, undertaking gym work for strength and conditioning, learning about sports nutrition, sports psychology, human sports performance and undertake training sessions. Students will have the opportunity to gain accreditation as a Coach and/or Referee as a part of the Program, and be given an opportunity to meet some of the greats of the game! Upon Graduation in Year 12, students will be invited to join the Barracudas’ Alumni Mentoring Program to receive further support in developing their game and career goals. This Mentoring Program is designed to provide students additional support as they move from the school-based environment to tertiary study and/or the work environment.

The College is also pleased to announce the development of the Barracudas Strength and Conditioning Centre — a state of the art training facility for the next generation of Rugby League greats! This centre will house commercial quality aerobic, conditioning, and strength development apparatus to support our players.

Sport development takes time, and this can place an additional burden on young people as they try to manage their study. For this reason, every student in the program has an academic mentor who can provide additional assistance and support as they navigate and balance sports training, school work … and some time for themselves and family.

This outstanding program will enable members of the Barracudas to connect with the broader rugby league community, receive outstanding tuition, study all aspects of the game by studying rugby league as a subject in their course, develop a pathway to the region’s leading Club, and develop themselves through educational programs in sports nutrition, sports psychology, and human performance analysis.

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Sports Nutrition

Food gives us energy. Getting to know how much you need to eat can take time but will set you up well for great sporting performance. Students will be guided in this important facet of elite sports.

Sports Psychology

Sport psychology is the study of psychological factors that influence, and are influenced by, participation in sport, exercise, and physical activity, and the application of this knowledge to training.

Human Sports Performance

This applies the study of science to sporting activities. The focus is to help maximise performance and endurance in preparation for events and competitions while lessening the risk of injury.

Meet the Coaching Staff

Bayside Christian College is proud to announce the appointment of Mr Brett Carter as the Head of Rugby League and Mr Michael Bennett as the Assistant Head of Rugby League at the Bayside Barracudas.

It is an honour to have one of the region’s leading and most proven Coaches to now lead of Rugby League Development Program. Mr Carter has over 17 years’ experience coaching Rugby League, including Juniors, Seniors, Internationals, School-based and various representative teams. These teams have included the Redcliffe Dolphins, Hervey Bay Seagulls, Fraser Coast Crushers, and the Wide Bay Bulls. Mr Carter’s passion for his sport and skill in developing this through sequenced, dedicated and holistic training sets him apart from a great many others.

The College is also fortunate to have an Assistant Coach with not only significant experience in Club competition in Australia and England as a player, but former President of the Taren Point Seagulls, current Coach of the Hervey Bay Seagulls and a man with significant experience in Sports Training and Injury Prevention and Management.

These appointments now mean that those players who are fortunate enough to gain entry into this selective program, will be training under one of the most influential and highly qualified Coaches in the region — a rare and wonderful opportunity, and supported on their journey by a leading Sports Trainer.

Further, given our unique partnership with the Hervey Bay Seagulls Rugby League Club, this program now provides not only the finest Coaches, but a wonderful potential pathway for game development far beyond school.

Brian Grimes
Principal/CEO
Bayside Christian College

 

Want to Join the Program?

Bayside Christian College now invites applications from both boys and girls for our Bayside Barracudas Rugby League Development Program.

Students wishing to be a part of the Rugby League Development Program must complete an application form and provide evidence of their interest and participation in rugby league.

Selection Trials will be held in Term 3 each year at Bayside Christian College. Students selected through these competitive trials will then be invited to apply and will be considered for enrolment at Bayside Christian College. It is important to remember that to be a part of this specialist Rugby League Development Program, students must be enrolled at Bayside Christian College.

Students selected to be a part of the Bayside Barracudas Rugby League Development Program, following the Selection Trials and the Enrolment process at the College, will be offered a full bursary for all College tuition fees through the Bayside Barracudas Rugby League Development Program and invited to join the College and this elite Development Program.

Barracudas girls with coaches