The Central Coast Academy of Sport is pleased to announce the workings of the first Indigenous Talent ID program is now confirmed (Tuesday 25 October) with six (6) sports being targeted in a first of its kind for the region.
The concept developed in partnership between the Central Coast Academy of Sport and Underwriting Agencies Australia (UAA) is very unique, designed to ‘unearth’ local indigenous talent from our region. Sixty athletes will get an opportunity to come under the watchful eyes of key sport’s coaches from the Academy with the intent of identifying talent in a fun day of minor games, fundamental skill assessments, and test and measurements. The ultimate goal will be the provision of sporting scholarships to 16 athletes who participate on the day.
UAA is providing the funding to ensure the program is developed with the highest standards in terms of identification principles, UAA will then fully fund identified athletes into full scholarship positions with the Central Coast Academy of Sport Programs.
The Talent ID Day will focus on six sports including: Athletics, AFL, Basketball, Netball, Golf, Rugby 7’s. The concept is the first of it’s kind and will cater for a minimum of sixty (60) athletes both men and women. The Talent ID Day promises to be an exciting time for those lucky enough to attend, 30 minute performance time slots across each sport will guarantee a full day of participation and games.
Ian Robilliard the Managing Director of the Central Coast Academy of Sport said of the program: “the response has been outstanding, we supplied applications to high schools with the full support of the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and already one third of places are full. This tells you the intent of the day has really hit the mark and the extension to the CCAS Sporting Programs will be another important factor to provide sustainability to the program. I am also able to announce former CCAS indigenous netballer Sharnie Aston has started at the Academy as the Indigenous Talent ID Coordinator, Sharnie will provide the administration support to make this day one to cherish. Exciting time ahead in this space for the Central Coast”
The CEO of Underwriting Agencies Australia, Mr Michael Murphy said of the program “As the largest specialist insurer of mobile plant and equipment in Australia and with a more than 70% of our clients in regional Australia we have always been looking to partner with a quality organization to work up a specific program to support and unearth great indigenous talent. We believe that the CCAS is the perfect partnership and that our goals are aligned. We are delighted to support this program the first of its type for academies of sport. We know this will be highly successful and is a small way to say thank you to the communities that support us.”
Matt Sonter The Central Coast Council Indigenous Community Development Worker and well know sportsman said of the TID day: “The talent ID will be aimed at unleashing the next wave of Indigenous athletes on the Central Coast. I work with so many Aboriginal youth, and see crazy amounts of ability, Programs like this will allow our children a chance to experience top level coaching in a number of sports.”