The UNE Sports Academy was established in mid-2018 as a high-performance pathway for competitive athletes choosing to complete their studies at UNE.
The Academy will assist student athletes to balance their studies whilst meeting the high demands of representative level sport.
With a high-performance facility that is the envy of most regional sporting centres, the timing is right to establish an academy to assist our aspiring athletes to achieve success both on and off the field. The UNE Sports Academy will be working closely with our UNE Exercise and Sports Science staff and National Sporting Organisations to provide individualised training programs specific to our athlete’s needs. Former Sydney Swans strength and conditioning coach Matt Pine has also been recruited as the Strength and Conditioning Coach to provide one-on-one support.
A major focus of the Academy will also be providing academic support, leadership, personal branding and mental health education, with the intention of guiding our athletes towards success. The UNE Sports Academy is a game changer as the only regional based University to set up a supportive pathway for aspiring student athletes in the country.
In year one 14 student athletes from eight different sports received a membership into the Academy. The program is aiming to grow significantly in 2019, and applications are now open.