In 1997, the then Department of Sport and Recreation conducted a review into regional academies and identified a need to provide talent development opportunities to athletes in the South West Sydney region; namely the local council areas of Campbelltown, Camden, Liverpool and Wollondilly.
From the review it was clear that talent development opportunities for athletes living in these areas could be enhanced through the establishment of a Regional Academy. The South West Sydney Academy was formed in 1997 and was operated by the Department of Sport and Recreation, based in Liverpool, until we became an autonomous organisation in 2002, with the Administration Centre moving to Campbelltown.
In 2005, the South West Sydney Academy of Sport partnered with eight other regional Academies as a foundation member of Regional Academies of Sport incorporated (RASi). The goal of RASi is to collaboratively present a range of corporate partnership benefits and opportunities to its member Academy sponsors. It also allows the sharing of a vast array of intellectual and information resources across the Academy network when facilitating sports program planning.
This collaborative venture culminated in the creation of the ClubsNSW "Your Local Club" Academy Games which presents not only a highly attractive vehicle to gain brand awareness and reach within the sporting and general community, but in creating opportunities with events and inter-Academy competition.
The principal roles of the South West Sydney Academy of Sport are to:
- Facilitate the development and support of talented junior athletes in the region
- Provide these athletes with access to specialist support services including coaching, sports science and sports medicine.
- Identify and support the development of high performance coaches at the local level.
- Provide a clear pathway for athletes from the junior development through to State and National representation.
The Academy's mission statement is:
The South West Sydney Academy of Sport aims to provide high quality, community focused, talented athlete and coach identification and development programs which assist athletes and coaches to successfully realise their sporting potential.
The Academy's focus is therefore more on the development of athletes with a mindset of competing with, rather than competing against.
"To see an athlete develop and achieve their sporting potential several years from now is more important than the trophy that sits in a cabinet meaning nothing". (Anon)
The Academy is housed in an Administration Centre which is located at 2/298 Queen St, Campbelltown.
The Academy provides an administrative base in the office, with the majority of squad sessions occurring at local sporting grounds and venues throughout the Academy catchment area.
This decentralised approach allows athletes from the region access to train within their own club and association environments, as well as promoting the SWSAS pathway's to our community's club level athletes.
Acknowledgement of Country
The land on which the South West Sydney Academy of Sport is located, and where our athletes train and compete is the traditional land of the Dharawal people.
The South West Sydney Academy of Sport acknowledges the Traditional owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.