The Your Local Club Academy Games was officially opened on the evening of Friday 12th April by Mr Peter Newell OAM the Chairman of ClubsNSW and a longtime supporter of the efforts of the Regional Academies of Sport network.
The opening ceremony was another outstanding success, with everyone who attended gaining a first hand insight into the enduring effect the Your Local Club Academy Games has for those fortunate enough to compete. Over 1,100 athletes were on hand to celebrate the opening and this was immediately followed with high paced action in the opening round of the Basketball Competition. The Basketball Stadium at Broadmeadow was standing room only with an anticipated crowd close to 3,000 attending the event.
For the second year running, the Hunter Academy of Sport is the host academy of the Your Local Club Academy Games. The 2019 competition will include eight sports (AFL, Basketball, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Softball, Tennis and Triathlon) played across four Local Government Areas (Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Maitland and Port Stephens). The 2019 Your Local Club Academy Games will also highlight an exhibition Para-sport match, with Wheelchair Basketball and Para-Futsal athletes competing on the Saturday morning of the weekend.
The Your Local Club Academy Games has been a host to almost 10,000 young athletes from all around NSW since it’s initiation in 2005 – a monumental achievement, credit to all of the Regional Academies of Sport who have played an active part in the events development.
Ian Robilliard The Chairman of RASi said of the Your Local Club Academy Games: “this event is totally unique, the fact that so many young athletes can test their skills against athletes of a similar age, in similar programs from the network of regional academies is absolutely fantastic. This event provides a true testing ground for every person competing this weekend and I’m sure the competition will provide a great sounding board as to where each athlete sits on the performance pathway. Regional Academies work in the unique space of athlete development and this event is unmatched in our state. Like most attending this weekend I look forward to watching first-hand the outstanding talent that will be on display, good luck to all athletes this weekend.”
The Central Coast Academy of Sport on behalf of the Regional Academy of Sport (RASi) network would like to thank and acknowledge the support received from the following organisations:
Your Local Club (ClubsNSW Principal Partner), NSW Government, City of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie City, NBN Television (Media) and Greater Bank.