The Academy’s primary goals are to :
- Provide opportunities and encouragement for talented junior sports people to assist them to achieve excellence in sport;
- Provide these athletes with access to specialist support services including coaching, educational and personal development curriculum;
- Endeavour to develop athletes into outstanding sports citizens;
- Promote the athletes’ combined Local Government Area as a region of sporting excellence;
- Play an active role in the sports development system with NSW and Australia, and assist in promoting sport and coach development at the grassroots level.
As a member academy of the Regional Academies of Sport (RAS), WSAS is a key system partner of the NSW Office of Sport’s Future Champions Strategy. The Future Champions is a four-year strategy launched in December 2019 by the NSW Office of Sport, that aims to equip and empower our foundational and emerging athletes (and their parents, coaches etc.) to fulfill their sporting aspirations and engage and unite our pathways sector and stakeholders to provide them the best support at the right time.
For more information about the NSW Office of Sport Future Champions Strategy follow this link.
Adapted from the original FTEM Framework (Gulbin, Croser, Morley & Weissensteiner, 2013), the FTEM NSW Participant and Athlete Framework developed by the NSW Office of Sport, is directly informing and supporting the guidance and ongoing support provided by the Office of Sport Pathways team including the NSW Government’s Future Champions – Pathways to Sporting Success strategy.
The Regional Academies of Sport are recognised in the FTEM model. WSAS and the other regional academies in NSW are commissioned by many sports to operate in the T (Talent) section of the pathway moving athletes from T1 to T4.
For more information about FTEM NSW resources, follow this link
For more information on Pathway Resources, use the following link.
For specific resources for key individuals, follow the below links:
Emerging athlete resources:
The Academy presently seeks to achieve its primary objectives through the implementation of athlete development programs across a range of sports disciplines including:
- Lone Star
- Digital Realty Netball
- Netball Umpires
- Indigenous Talent ID
An integral component of the Academy’s strategic direction is growth, and the Academy continues to collaborate with relevant State Sporting Organisation to identify and plan development programs across a broader range of sports disciplines.
The key focal points – or strategic drivers – associated with the Academy’s operations can be identified as :
- Athlete Servicing
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Governance & Integrity
Strategies have been developed under each key result area that will enable the Academy to work towards achieving its overall objectives.
The Vision of the Western Sydney Academy of Sport revolves around the development of talented young sportspeople living in western Sydney. The Academy seeks to optimize the opportunities for these athletes to access effective programs which are constructed in collaboration with local, State and National sporting bodies.
The Academy’s Vision, therefore, is not an “internally focused” one defining where the Academy needs to be in five or ten years – it is a statement of what the Academy wishes to have achieved for the talented athletes of western Sydney within that time. This achievement would reflect the standard and effectiveness of the Academy’s programs through tangible and measurable outcomes.
The Academy’s Mission is to provide talented young western Sydney athletes with the skills and knowledge to assist them in fulfilling their potential – both in and outside of the sporting arena.