Young athletes educated

Seniors competing in the Macleay Valley Netball competition.

Seniors competing in the Macleay Valley Netball competition.

Young athletes from across the state will undergo an intensive education program thanks to a new ClubsNSW-funded scheme to be administered by the Regional Academies of Sport (RAS).

ClubsNSW has committed $200,000 a year for the next three years towards the program, which will provide a best practice health and wellbeing program to 2000 young people across the state.

ClubsNSW Chairman Peter Newell said the partnership with RASi reinforced the club industry’s long-standing commitment to local sport.

“The relationship with RASi is a natural fit for the club industry, given the club industry’s our joint long-standing commitment to local sport and development of junior athletes,,” Mr Newell said.

“NSW clubs contribute $65 million to junior sport each and every year, through ClubGRANTS funding, for things like uniforms and equipment, as well as the provision of sporting infrastructure collectively worth billions of dollars.

“Clubs help get junior athletes onto the playing field and give them the tools they need to play the sport they love.

“Now, through our partnership program with the Regional Academies of Sport, we will be able to provide guidance on off-field issues as well which, all too often, de-rail promising sporting careers,” Mr Newell said.

The new Athlete Education Program curriculum will cover a range of issues including: Nutrition, drugs in sport, drugs in the community, financial fitness, media training/social media, public speaking, sports medicine, sports psychology, fitness testing, integrity in sport, mental health first aid and youth leadership

The program will be delivered both face to face in regional clubs and backed up by the development of an online hub.

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