Young athletes at Western Sydney Academy of Sport have access to the best in on-field training, and now their off-field performance will be boosted.
ClubsNSW has committed $200,000 per year for the next three years to fund a health and well-being program for athletes across the Regional Academies of Sport (RASi).
The Athlete Education Program seeks to counter off-field temptations and the personal issues attached to high-level sport.
Described as “intensive”, it will cover issues including the dangers of drugs, to nutrition and financial literacy.
“Clubs help get junior athletes onto the playing field and give them the tools they need to play the sport they love,” ClubsNSW chairman Peter Newell said.
“Now, through our partnership program with [RASi], we will be able to provide guidance on off-field issues, which all too often de-rail promising sporting careers.”
The program will be run face-to-face and be backed by an online hub.
Roll-out is expected to commence in time for the 2017/18 academy season.
Issues covered in the curriculum will include:
- Drugs in sport
- Drugs in the community
- Financial fitness
- Media/social media training
- Public speaking
- Sports psychology
- Fitness testing
- Integrity in sport
- Mental health first aid
- Youth leadership