The UAA – CCAS Indigenous Talent ID day is a ‘first of its kind’ where the CCAS has developed a sporting platform for athletes to be identified and where suitable and where possible to gain selection in one of the six CCAS sports programs and/or additional sports of their interest. Those identified will be offered the opportunity to advance to fully funded scholarship positions with the Central Coast Academy of Sport Scholarship Programs or provided support as they seek entry into a new sporting pathway.
What is talent ID?
Talent ID is an attempt to identify people with specific skills, personal qualities and physical attributes that may lead that person to become a high performing athlete. It is much more than just assessing a persons physical capabilities, it includes the emotional side of performance, aspects like; desire, determination, resilience and so forth, these qualities can often be found in mainstream sport and teaching but a little harder to assess when participating in a talent ID day.
How the Talent ID day works
Participants accepted into the talent ID day will enjoy an introduction to six (6) sports, including: AFL, Athletics, Basketball, Golf, Netball, and Touch Football.
Each sport will play either games or do sport specific skills in a fun atmosphere to suit athletes to each sport. Athletes will participate in each of the six sports for thirty (30) minutes before they ‘rotate’ to the next sport. All coaches are of the highest quality and well versed in talent identification.
Everyone who attends the day is guaranteed a fun time, every person will be introduced to six sports with the highest level of coaching available on the Central Coast. At the end of the day the coaches will assess the participants and those identified will be provided invitations to attend CCAS Sporting Programs as a Scholarship Athletes, a maximum of sixteen (16) fully funded Scholarships are being made available.
CCAS Scholarship Programs
The CCAS offers Scholarship programs in approx fourteen (14) sports, each operates around six (6) months in length and generally in a sports ‘off season’.
Participants offered a position to a particular sport scholarship program must be committed to the opportunity before accepting the scholarship.
Each Athlete Scholarship offered is free of charge, the full cost is generally around $400 (+GST) but for those identified through the TID day there in no cost due to the support by UAA.
To be eligible to apply to the Indigenous Talent ID day a person must firstly be of Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander descent, in addition, the applicant must be ‘endorsed’ by the school or sporting association in which he/she attends, the endorsement will cover the emotional / personal qualities of the applicant:
- The program is open to both male and females that turn 13, 14 or 15 years of age in the calendar year of operation.
- You must currently reside within the Local Government Area (LGA) of the Central Coast Council, formally Wyong Shire Council and Gosford City Council.
- Applicants must be endorsed by the school and/or sporting association with whom you are attending or representing.
- You may be asked to show proof of your Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander descent.
How to apply and when
Application forms are available from Central Coast High Schools, however, applications SHOULD be made on the application on this page. The direct link to share is: thinksport.com.au/programs/indigenoustid
The Talent ID day is generally scheduled for November. Details are promoted via this website when dates are confirmed.
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