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Regional Academies commended for young athlete development

September 2017

Regional sports Academies were yesterday acknowledged for the important role they play in supporting the development of talented young athletes, coaches, and officials across New South Wales.

Chief Executive Office of Sport Matt Miller said the annual Parliamentary Reception was a chance to reflect on the achievement of regional sports Academies in providing critical development pathways.
“There are currently 11 Regional Academies within New South Wales that represent and support athletes, coaches and officials in over 100 Local Government areas,” Mr Miller said.

“The Academies currently connect around 2,000 athletes and 300 coaches and officials through education, scholarships, and training.”  

Chair of the Regional Academies of Sport Incorporated Brett O’Farrell said the association was pleased to collaborate with the NSW Government to support the Academies. 

“The long standing Academy Games is a multi-sport event, which demonstrates the strength and commitment of our network,” Mr O’Farrell said. 

“Last year’s event witnessed the highest attendance of athletes so far.” 

The NSW Government has provided a total of $2.5 million to the Academies development, inclusive of $1 million over the 2016/17 year.  

The Regional Academies were established more than 25 years ago and act as the conduit between grass roots sports and pre-elite level sports representation. 

Academies currently represent the following regions: Central Coast, Far West, Hunter, Illawarra, North Coast, Northern Inland, Southern, South East, South West Sydney, Western and Western Sydney.

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