with the UNE Sports Academy


The Academy

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.


Free access to the full range of SportUNE health and fitness facilities

Individualised advice and training programs focused on athletic development

Access to high level sports science fitness testing and monitoring

Priority access to a dedicated physiotherapy team at a subsidised rate

UNE Sports Academy clothing kit

Off field education and personal development support (athlete workshops / online courses)

Personalised study support programs, including assistance with application for academic flexibility

Subsidised attendance at Australian University Games and Championships (in the nominated elite sport)

Ticket to UNE Annual Sports Awards

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You must be studying at UNE to qualify for the UNE Sports Academy. Priority will be given to on-campus students, or off-campus students based in the Armidale area.

Each application is judged on its merits in consultation with the relevant sporting organisation, as well as the UNE student success team. As a guide, you should have represented at the regional level or above in your chosen sport within the last 12 months. Academic performance will also be taken into account.

A number of talent identification testing days will also be held in the lead up to Trimester 1, 2019. Expressions of interest are now open via the link below.

For contact details please complete the application form below.

2020 EOI Form - UNE Sports Academy


Karina Brown
Abigail Doolan
Katrina Rekunow
Lucy Christie
David Eldridge
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Emma Kennedy
Sam Finlayson
Teagan Miller
Rugby Sevens
Elizabeth Harrison
Drew Walsh
Maddison Fryer
Rugby Sevens
Tenayah Woodward
Rugby Sevens