JANUARY 2020, when you consider the organisational plans for 2020 the Central Coast Academy of Sport is approaching the year ahead with great anticipation. The Central Coast Academy of Sport like the other ten Regional Academies of Sport (RASi) provides outstanding opportunities for local athletes, coaches and support staff, all delivered in a local setting.
One has to look no further than the finalised numbers that were delivered following an outstanding 2019, results that are un-matched in the organisations sixteen-year (16) history. Since inception the CCAS has provided scholarship opportunities for a total of 3,572 athletes across 18+ different sports. In 2019, 250 scholarship athletes were provided opportunities across 13 sporting programs, this delivered a financial contribution to the region of a staggering $4.8M to the Central Coast economy.
The 2019 volunteer contribution was in excess of $240,000 and over 6,000 volunteer hours applied to the sector. The ratio of girls to boys being 58% women and 42% men in CCAS programs with 47 coaches and 63 volunteers actively engaged with the CCAS over 2019.
Some of the most outstanding results reside around the number of organisations that support the CCAS. In 2019 sixty (60) organisations were involved and the level of support all extremely important, our sincere thanks to each organisation who partnered with the CCAS. The CCAS has one of the state’s most robust corporate partnership programs and the benefits that flow to the regions athletes was again outstanding.
Ian Robilliard OAM the CCAS Managing Director said of the 2019 results: “The Central Coast Academy of Sport has delivered a set of results for the calendar year 2019 that is really impressive, the fact we can deliver such strong results both athletic and economic demonstrates the high value worth the organisation is delivering for our region. In NSW, regional development has never been more important, youth development is a high need area and the CCAS is certainly playing our part in helping build a robust regional youth strategy. I often say the most important resource is our youth, the young men and women of NSW are being well supported by the collective work of the eleven Regional Academies. We look forward in anticipation of the NSW Government continued support to the Regional Academies as we plan forward beyond 2020 well into the future. It is an exciting time to be aligned with regional sport and we can’t wait to see this unfold in 2020”.
The aspirational strategies that the Regional Academies of Sport are seeking to achieve post 2020 are included very detailed and available on request to the CCAS Office.