Regional Academies of Sport
North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS)
The North Coast Academy of Sport’s geographic region is vast, extending over 500kms of coastline from Laurieton in the south to Tweed Heads on the Queensland border. The region includes major regional centres such as Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Port Macquarie.
The North Coast Academy of Sport is celebrating its 29th year of operation in 2018.
Currently the Academy offers eleven sports programs and is represented at these games by its AFLW, Basketball, Golf and Netball Programs, with netball and basketball traditionally strong sports in our region.
NCAS has 71 athletes, coaches and managers at the 2018 Games.
In total nearly 1,100 NCAS athletes, coaches, managers & staff has attended the Academy Games since 2008.
Hunter Academy Of Sport (HAS)
Commencing its operations 30 years ago in 1988, the Hunter Academy of Sport is the largest regional Academy in Australia with an average of 500 athletes participating in 16 talent development programs annually.
The pool of athletes is taken from the Hunter region comprising of eleven town councils, home to over 9% of the NSW population.
The economy of the Hunter makes a significant contribution to the Australian economy. The region is rich in resources and underpinned by the world’s best quality coal, natural water resources, significant electricity generation capacity, an innovative manufacturing sector and a progressive business culture.
The region also boasts leading research and education facilities, world class wine and equine industries, vibrant cultural and tourism opportunities and a quality lifestyle for its population.
The Academy is providing advice in areas such as sports administration, coaching, refereeing or umpiring, facilities development, injury prevention, fitness testing and training, sport psychology, dental and eye care, public speaking, ethics in sport, nutrition and personal development. The Hunter Academy is demonstrating the reach it has in the sports industry.
The HAS is represented by 218 athletes at this year’s Academy Games across every sport on offer, and are the proud hosts of the 2018 Your Local Academy Games.
Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS)
The Western Sydney Academy was established in 2004 and after more than 12 years of successful operation, has provided over 2,000 scholarship opportunities to talented young athletes. The Academy’s catchment includes 8 Local Government Areas in Western Sydney and a total population of some 1.8 million people, so there is a rich vein of talented young sports people who are able to take advantage of Academy’s development programs.
The Academy currently offers scholarships across a range of eight sports, together with a Lone Star Program. These sports include AFL, Cycling, Golf, Basketball, Tenpin Bowling, Netball, Softball and Slalom Canoe.
In this year’s Academy Games, the Western Sydney Academy has provided a total of 70 athletes across the sports of Golf, Netball, AFL and Softball. The Academy has traditionally presented very strong squads in sports such as Netball and Golf.
All the Academy’s athletes and staff are excited about the opportunity to compete and socialise with their counterparts from all the Regional Academies!
Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS)
For a quarter of a century, The Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS) has been running sports program for young people in the Northern Inland region of NSW. Athletes hail from Murrurrundi in the South, to the Queensland boarder in the North, West to Mungundi and South West to Coolah.
Since 1992, over 4,000 athletes have benefited from their opportunity to participate in NIAS.
In 2018, NIAS offers 11 sport programs including: AFL, Athletics, Basketball (boys and girls), Football (U13/14 boys), Football (U17 boys and girls), Golf, Hockey (boys and girls), Lonestar (individual sports), Netball, Rugby League and tennis.
At this year’s “Your Local Club” Academy Games, the Northern Inland is represented by over 100 athletes across AFL, basketball, golf, netball, hockey and tennis. This is the biggest team NIAS has sent to an Academy Games and they’re looking forward to a big weekend.
South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS)
2018, is an exciting year for the South West Sydney Academy of Sport, as it celebrates its 21st year of servicing talented athletes within its region.
The Academy currently provides 16 varied sports related scholarship programs, to 190 athletes. These programs are supported by over 40 volunteer coaching and support staff members.
The South West Sydney Academy of Sport, has one of the smallest geographical Academy regions in NSW, covering four Local Government areas, namely: Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool and Wollondilly - with a combined ‘fast growing’ population of over half a million people.
The Academy has one of the largest contingents of athletes at the 2018 ClubsNSW Academy Games - with 6 sports being represented, namely Netball, AFL Women’s and Golf - and girls and boys squads in Softball, Basketball, Hockey. In total 150 athletes, coaches and support staff are represented here on the Hunter.
Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS)
The Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS) was founded in April 2004. Since then the CCAS has built a proud history of success, with over 3,000 scholarships provided to athletes across 22 sporting disciplines helping to develop numerous state, national, international and professional athletes.
The Central Coast Local Government Area has a population base of almost 350,000 with the area known for a strong love of sport and the outdoors. Central Coast athletes are encouraged to develop their talents locally through the CCAS programs whereas previously they would have needed to travel inter-regionally.
The CCAS currently provides around 300 scholarships annually across a range of fourteen (14) sports program. These include AFL, Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Future Stars, Golf, Hockey, Indigenous Talent ID, Netball, Netball Umpires, Surfing, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling and Touch Football.
The CCAS has competed at every Your Local Club Academy Games since the games inception in 2005, this year a total of 100 athletes will compete and Central Coast representatives are very keen to continue the outstanding success of previous campaigns.
South East Sports Academy (SESA)
South East Sports Academy (SESA) is a new regional academy of sport providing development opportunities for talented athletes and coaches in the South East area of NSW with the boundaries aligned with the Canberra Region Joint Organisation of Councils.
The Canberra Region is located in south-eastern NSW, to the immediate north, east and south of the Australian Capital Territory. It covers the NSW local government areas of: Bega Valley; Snowy Monaro; Eurobodalla; Queanbeyan-Palerang; Goulburn-Mulwaree; Yass Valley; Upper Lachlan and Hilltops.
In its first year SESA is offering Netball, Basketball Golf, Women’s AFL, Surfing, Cycling as well as individual athlete and coach scholarships. Their Athletes receive holistic programs that include technical and skill development, physical preparation and personal development components.
SESA has a strong focus on the development of coaches throughout the area in recognition of their importance to the overall development of sport across the region.
SESA will be participating in Netball, Women’s AFL, Basketball & Surfing with a total of 56 athletes in attendance.
Illawarra Academy of Sport (IAS)
Illawarra Academy of Sport (IAS) was the first Regional Academy of Sport established in 1985 and since that time has provided scholarships to more than 5500 local athletes. The Academy operates through the Illawarra’s geographic region comprising the five local government areas of: Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee and Wollongong.
In 2018 the IAS has close to 200 Athletes across 10 Sporting Programs including: AFL, Cycling, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Surfing, Triathlon, LoneStar and an Athletes with a Disability Program.
At the 2018 Your Local Club Academy Games they will have 80 athletes competing in the sports of AFL, Hockey, Netball and Surfing.
The Illawarra has a rich history in developing and elevating athletes to higher representative honours, with the Academy a significant vehicle in the process. The IAS has produced 15 Olympians, 20 Commonwealth Games Representatives, 11 World Champions and 75 Senior National Team Representatives over the past three decades.
Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS)
The Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) commenced operation in July 1991 and since its inception, over 4000 athletes have graduated through the Academy. Some of the elite graduate athletes include the likes of Cycling legend – Mark Renshaw, Paralympion – Kurt Fearnley OAM, Rugby great Ben McCalman, Socceroo – Nathan Burns and Hockeyroo – Edwina Bone.
WRAS is represented at this year’s Academy Games by 102 athletes and 17 coaching staff in the sports of afl, basketball, golf, hockey and netball.
WRAS provides support to talented athletes and coaches and attempts to eliminate the disadvantages regional athletes face. Support is provided through regular training sessions with our elite level coaches and visiting coaches from State and National sporting bodies, on and off field education workshops, sports science testing and evaluation, strength and conditioning training and competition opportunities.
WRAS covers a geographical area of 91,000 sq klms covering 17 Local Government Area in the western region of NSW.
Southern Sports Academy (SSA)
Since its inception in 1992, the Southern Sports Academy has assisted over 1,700 young athletes from the South West of the state, in achieving their goals. These athletes have often resided in some of the most remote parts of the state, with the Southern Sports Academy servicing a region that includes 30 Local Government Areas and over 156,000 square kilometres in area.
Our athletes attending the Academy Games are not only proud to represent the Southern Sports Academy, but also their home towns with 68 athletes attending the 2018 Your Local Club Academy Games, supported by 24 coaching and managerial staff.
Southern Sports Academy are represented in Basketball, Netball, Netball Officiating, Golf, Softball and Girls AFL here at the Games.
Far West Academy of Sport (FWAS)
The Far West Academy of Sport was started back in 1997 and has some unique challenges due to geographic size.
It has the largest territorial region of all Academies with a coverage area of 220,000 sq km. and makes up 42% of the state of NSW.
Although this area is the largest, it is comprised of the smallest population of all academies with approximately 33,000 residents between its Warren to Broken Hill catchment area. There are currently 120 athletes in scholarship programs.
FWAS has one of the highest per capita percentage of state and national level athletes coming out of some of the most rural, remote and economically disadvantaged areas of the state.
Currently the academy offers 4 squad sports (Tennis, Netball, Ladies League Tag and Rugby League) and 1 Lone Star Scholarship program to developing athletes of our region.