OCTOBER 2020, with restrictions easing around the CV-19 pandemic, sport is being inundated with increases in participation numbers. The Central Coast Academy of Sport has certainly seen an influx of athletes with finalization of the Basketball, Golf, Hockey and Triathlon squads for the October to April 2021 period of training.
Basketball, Golf, Hockey and Triathlon are sports included in the summer sport intake and combined provide opportunities for close to ninety athletes. Every athlete will train locally and all with outstanding support by coaches who are leaders in their specific fields of endeavour. In addition to Basketball, Golf, Hockey and Triathlon the Central Coast Academy of Sport is working very closely with Central Coast AFL, it is expected in the coming weeks a further one hundred and fifty will be invited into the boys and girls AFL Development and Talent programs across three age groupings.
Robyn Low-Hart the CCAS Program Manager commented “The number of athletes who registered, trialled and have since have been selected into programs is really significant in terms of participation and interest in each of these programs. We are delighted that our numbers for these summer programs are so robust. In looking ahead when we include AFL into our summer intake I anticipate our annual participation number of athletes within CCAS programs to be well above our very pleasing 2019 figures. This result is more than significant when you reflect on the difficult year we have faced in sport. As one coach recently said to our athletes in basketball, “when something is taken away from you, you learn very quickly that you can’t take sport for granted. Every time you get a chance to play and compete enjoy the experience as it could quickly be taken away again”, wise words indeed.
Programs offered in 2020 have included; Athletics, AFL, Basketball, Future Stars, Golf, Hockey, Indigenous Talent ID, Netball, Netball Umpires, Swimming, Touch Football, Triathlon and Water Polo. Athlete numbers will exceed three hundred.