The Regional Academies of Sport across NSW provide a pathway to assist talented young athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers achieve their personal and sporting potential through providing holistic development programs within their home regions.
Collectively, Regional Academies identified 3,286 talented young athletes in 2020, with scholarships provided to 2,498 athletes across NSW (56% Female and 44% Male). These athletes participated in a total of 113 talent development programs across a range of 27 different sports.
A total of 380 coaches were engaged in Regional Academy programs, and a total of 674 volunteers were involved – equating to some 187 full-time employment positions.
In the current Olympic cycle, 34 athletes transitioned through Regional Academy programs – and 41% of Australia’s total Olympic Medal Count at the RIO 2016 Olympics came from Regional Academy Alumni!
Economically, an independent assessment of the Regional Academies’ contribution to the State’s economy shows a value of $69.2 million, providing a return on investment rate of 28:1 for the State Government.