Sport Development

Hi all, as I mentioned last month the nature of University Sport in Australia is changing at a rapid pace. Results are becoming the primary driving force behind the goals and objectives of many of Australia’s most renowned institutions when it comes to sport. These programs offer a vast array of Sporting Scholarships and provide student athletes with extensive opportunities to pursue their sporting ambitions.  Universities with established sporting programs are beginning to build their brand on the international stage, seeking to position themselves as a first class option for some of the world’s aspiring athletes.

To maintain relevance in this sphere, the Sport & Recreation Council agreed in September 2014 to establish the Sport Development Initiative. In its initial year, this Initiative will involve a pilot program, by selecting up to six sports and introducing a Sport Development Officer role for each sport - these roles will be undertaken by ANU students.  An Excellence in Sport Coordinator will be overseeing the program and providing the students with professional mentoring, building relationships and development opportunities. The goal of the initiative is to improve the offering of each sport to students on campus, including social, competitive, representative, coaching, officiating and administrative opportunities. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that all students, no matter their needs, from Social Sport to International Representation, are catered for by the ANU Sport community. 

While the program will have a focus on club activities as the foundation of the sports offering on campus, the role of the Sport Development Officers will not be restricted to club operations. Club activities are only one method of delivery and the initiative will seek to improve all aspects of the sport on campus, meaning engagement with the Inter-Hall Sport organisation, ANU Lunchtime Sport and Learn 2 Play programs and most importantly the respective State Sporting Bodies. There will also be a requirement to develop of the sport through the local community to help highlight the opportunities for students at the ANU.

Through liaison with the State Sporting bodies the Initiative will seek to ensure that no student feels as though they need to leave the ANU Sport Community to pursue their athletic goals.

Michael Brady