UAA Sign with HAS as Naming Rights of Inaugural Indigenous Talent Identification Day and Hockey Program
17th February 2021
By Bianca Smith
(Image: HAS Hockey athletes in action at the 2019 Your Local Club Academy Games)
In what can be described as a strong start to 2021, the Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS) have signed an exciting and beneficial partnership which will assist close to 500 young Academy athletes across the Hunter region. Underwriting Agencies of Australia (UAA) have signed with the HAS on a multi-year contract, coming off the back of an already successful sponsorship agreement with the Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS).
HAS is excited to welcome onboard UAA as major sponsor of the Hunter Hockey program, who will also continue to support the CCAS Hockey squad. HAS will host the inaugural Hunter Indigenous Talent Identification Day (ITID), an idea stemming from an already successful event hosted by CCAS in conjunction with UAA. The event will invite Indigenous students from Hunter and Central Coast (respective) schools to come together under the watchful eyes of some of the regions most experienced sports coaches. ITID focuses on ‘unearthing’ local indigenous talent from the Hunter and Central Coast regions to then be able to provide full scholarships to HAS and CCAS sporting programs.
Michael Murphy, UAA Group Chief Executive Officer said of the partnership, “UAA is a locally born and bred company dating back to the early 80’s, committed to diversity and inclusion and striving to always promote this within our organisation. Our most recent endeavour is to build on our talent identification program in the Central Coast by launching into the Hunter as well. By supporting pathways for Indigenous youth in Australia we are enhancing the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for people of Indigenous descent by offering scholarships in the Academy of Sport programs,” he concluded.
The success of the 2020 CCAS ITID saw athletes who were selected at the 2019 event return in hope of gaining a scholarship in their 2021 talent programs. Indigenous students from Central Coast High School’s had the opportunity to come together under the watchful eyes of some of the regions most experienced sports coaches with five sporting disciplines in action including Aussie Rules, Basketball, Netball, Golf and Test & Measurements (delivered by the University of Newcastle Exercise Sports Science faculty).
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