Young athletes from across the state will undergo an intensive education program covering everything from the dangers of drugs in sport to financial literacy, thanks to a new scheme funded by the NSW registered club industry to be distributed by the Regional Academies of Sport (RASi).

As Major Partner, the club industry has committed $200,000 a year for the next three years towards the program, which will provide a best practice health and wellbeing program to young people across the state.

“The Regional Academy athlete network includes over 3500 athletes annually to have a unified professional and elite education program servicing the talented youth of regional NSW will only develop stronger generations to come” said CEO of The Hunter Academy of Sport and Chairman of the Regional Academies of Sport Brett O’Farrell.

The new Athlete Education Program curriculum will cover 11 modules including in Year 1; Nutrition, Drugs in Sport/ Community, Sports Psychology and Youth Leadership.

The program will be delivered both face to face (in regional clubs) and backed up by the development of an online hub.

WRAS athletes in the 2017/18 programs undertook education seminars at Bathurst Panthers, Orange Ex-Services Club, Orange City Bowling Club, Dubbo RSL and Sporties Dubbo.