Extended partnership between Uni and Academy will boost sport on the Central Coast

The University of Newcastle has announced a significant community partnership with Central Coast Academy of Sport signing a five-year sponsorship agreement.

The University of Newcastle aspires to be a global leader in each of its spheres of achievement. Through engagement the University delivers world-class innovation to support the development of strong regional communities. Its association with the Central Coast Academy of Sport demonstrates that through engagement, significant benefits can be achieved for this region’s aspiring sporting talent.

The Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS) is a highly valued community organisation that delivers high performance training programs across fifteen sporting disciplines. The close alignment of core
values between the University and the CCAS has been the catalyst to the development of this important business partnership.

The sponsorship by the University of Newcastle will see significant cash, in-kind support and direct support to athletes through an athlete scholarship program. The many elements of the agreement
allow the Academy of Sport to operate at a level not previously enjoyed by the organisation.

Ian Robilliard, Founder and Managing Director of the Academy of Sport, said the new five- year agreement with the University of Newcastle would mark a milestone in the Academy’s development.

“The partnership with the University is important to the Academy on a number of fronts. Financial support allows the Academy access to $30,000 in direct funding – with any SME the ability to apply adequate resources to the business is paramount in terms of building organisational capacity and strength,” he said.

“The University also brings world-class support to our sporting programs through the use of the Exercise and Sports Science (ESS) facility at the Central Coast campus. The ESS facility provides elements to our training programs that set the Academy apart in what we are able to provide our athletes, coaches and support staff.

“This agreement is ground breaking, and to say I’m delighted is an understatement, as it sets the organisation up for years to come. I would like to thank Professor Andrew Parfitt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and Professor Bill Hogarth, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Science and Information Technology), for their genuine interest in the work the Academy does, and in their support of building capacity within the Central Coast as a region. Both Andrew and Bill have been instrumental in the support provided to the CCAS and we are indebted to them for this ground breaking announcement.”

Professor Andrew Parfitt, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), said the University was proud of its long standing relationship with the Academy.

“The University of Newcastle is a world-class university and nowhere is that more important than in our own community. We are pleased to support the sporting excellence being fostered at the Academy,” he said.

“Our relationship with the Academy fosters our shared priorities around innovative sports education, training and research, and brings significant collaborative opportunities for our students and researchers to engage in athlete testing, reporting, research and Work Integrated Learning placements.”

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