The Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) have been offering a webinar series to coaches and support staff as part of the RAS Coaching Extension Program, following on from the highly successful RAS Coaches Conference in May.

Hosting some of Australia’s very best coaches in monthly seminars designed to continue the essential professional development needed to upskill regional coaches as they continue to make important contributions to the athlete pathway.

The variety of guest speakers have provided valuable insights across a range of sports and experience, experts included Rob Beveridge (basketball), Scott Wisemantel (rugby), Scott Johnson (rugby), Paul Roos (AFL) and Bec Goddard (AFLW).

Over 365 RAS coaches from across the state have been impressed by the presenters and outcomes, allowing them to be able to implement the takings back to their chosen sport but also life in general.

“I always take something away from each session that improves what I am doing which in turn improves what I can pass on to the athletes,” one coach said.

“I’ve really enjoyed the sessions, particularly the calibre of presenters who have been on board for the sessions. They have all been very positive and have given genuine insights into what they are doing within their respective teams – I feel like we’ve been given genuine access to their programs which has been invaluable.”

IAS CEO, John Armstrong said, “The Regional Academies are always looking for opportunities to engage with relevant education that will add value to our volunteer coaches’ experiences and development. Connecting academy coaches to Australia’s most experienced coaches allows incredible knowledge to be shared through the pathway which serves all involved.”

As an additional part of the Coach Extension Program, a Regional Academies of Sport Mentor Program is about to launch – a program tailored for a select and identified number of coaches within the NSW Regional Academy of Sport structure.

The Regional Academies are hugely grateful for the critical support of the Steadfast Group, the NSW Institute of Sport and the Office of Sport for making this program a reality.

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