Statewide Athlete Education Program Launch

Young athletes from across the state will undergo an intensive education program covering everything from the dangers of drugs in sport to financial literacy, thanks to a new scheme funded by the NSW registered club industry to be distributed by the Regional Academies of Sport (RASi).

The education program was rolled out at the Hunter Academy of Sport’s Orientation on Saturday, November 11th at McDonald Jones Stadium Merewether Room, where 100 athletes and their parents from the Hockey and Athletics programs were present.

As a major partner, the club industry has committed $200,000 a year for the next three years towards the program, which will provide a best practice health and wellbeing program to young people across the state.

“The Regional Academy network includes over 3500 athletes annually. To have a unified professional and elite education program servicing the talented youth of Regional NSW will only develop stronger generations to come” said CEO of The Hunter Academy of Sport and Chairman of the Regional Academies of Sport Brett O’Farrell.

The new Athlete Education Program curriculum will cover 11 modules including in Year 1; Nutrition, Drugs in Sport/ Community, Sports Psychology and Youth Leadership.

“The relationship with RASi is a natural fit for the club industry, given our long-standing commitment to local sport and development of junior athletes,” said ClubsNSW Chairman Peter Newell.

“NSW clubs contribute $65 million to junior sport each and every year, through ClubGRANTS funding, for things like uniforms and equipment, as well as the provision of sporting infrastructure collectively worth billions of dollars.”

“Now, through our partnership program with the Regional Academies of Sport, we will be able to provide guidance on off-field issues as well which, all too often, de-rail promising sporting careers.”

The program will be delivered both face to face (in regional clubs) and backed up by the development of an online hub.

– Hunter Academy of Sport


Posted: 14 November 2017