RAS and BNSW Renew and Extend Partnership to Develop Regional Talent
21st September 2022
By Bianca Smith
Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) and Basketball NSW are pleased to announce an extension to its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see both organisations work together in the delivery of basketball programs that will provide improved pathway opportunities for regionally based athletes across NSW.
The three-year MOU agreement will see BNSW support the work being done in the RAS environments with the aim to continue to develop coaches, identify emerging athletes and assist them as they move through the pathways from pre-elite to an elite level.
BNSW General Manager of Coaching and Development Brett Coxsedge was excited to see the partnership extended for a further three years.
“Regional Academies continue to play a very important role in the development of athletes and coaches in the Country. With athletes back on the courts training and playing, and coaches teaching on the sidelines, it is great to have some normality back in our sport. BNSW looks forward to working with the seven-regionally based Academies across NSW and assisting athletes and coaches in their journey along the pathway to excellence,” said Coxsedge.
Chair of the NSW Regional Academy of Sport network, Brett O’Farrell added.
“It’s a significant partnership for the next generation of talented basketballers across Regional NSW. It is in place to smash through the perceived barriers that hold back young, aspiring athletes in our country areas, by enabling best practice development for them, both on and off the court.”
The majority of the programs will begin in the coming weeks and run for 6 months with the finale being the Your Local Club Regional Academy Games on 21-23 April.