In what can be described as an exciting initiative for the Western Sydney Academy of Sport, we are pleased to announce an exciting and beneficial partnership with Underwriting Agencies Australia (UAA) – a locally born and bred company dating back to the 80’s.

Following on from UAA’s existing support of multiple Regional Academies across New South Wales (Northern Inland, North Coast, Hunter, Central Coast, Southern and Western Regions), UAA will now extend this support to Western Sydney’s talented young athletes through a multi-year agreement that will enable the Academy to undertake a groundbreaking Indigenous Talent Identification Program (ITID). The partnership will also provide for support of the Academy’s benchmark Netball Program.  UAA have also aligned this incredible support to neighboring Academy the South West Sydney Academy of Sport, meaning UAA will be aligned with eight of the nine independent regional academies throughout NSW.

The Academy’s Indigenous Talent Identification Program will involve a talent ID day for invited indigenous students from Schools across the region, with accredited coaches and professional staff casting a watchful eye over a range of testing procedures. The ITID process will focus on “unearthing” local Indigenous talent from the western Sydney region with the purpose of offering them fully funded scholarships into the Academy’s sport programs.

UAA Chief Executive Officer Michael Murphy commented “By supporting pathways for Indigenous youth in Australia, we are enhancing the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for people of Indigenous descent. UAA is committed to diversity and inclusion and we strive to promote this within our organisation.”

Western Sydney Academy CEO Martin Bullock stated “The support of UAA is extremely important to our Academy’s ability to engage with a diverse range of young athletes within our expansive region, and we are enormously grateful for their wonderful support. UAA’s focus and support for this Indigenous Talent ID Program will enable us to offer multiple opportunities for talented young students and athletes across a range of sport programs.”