VICTORIAN REGIONAL ACADEMIES OF SPORT

The Victorian Regional Academies of Sport (VRAS) are the peak sporting body of regional Victoria.  VRAS Academies provide services to support emerging talented athletes to achieve success in their sporting pathway.

VRAS is an incorporation of six Victorian Regional Academies of Sport that all provide vital support services that talented athletes throughout regional Victoria require. These services have direct program links with the Victorian Institute of Sport.

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VRAS Academies provide talented regional athletes with access to coaching and education programs, assisting them in their sporting pathway as they strive for State and National representation. They assist in the identification and nurturing of young athletes.

By providing these programs and services, athletes are given the opportunity to bridge the gap between club and elite levels. Considerable effort is focused on overcoming possible disadvantages faced by regional athletes, such as a smaller quantity of local resources and greater travelling time/distances.

What do they do?

Identify talented athletes and provide opportunities for them to achieve excellence in sport

Promote, enhance and encourage the personal and educational development of talented young athletes

Enhance the quality of administering, officiating and coaching sport in regional Victoria

Promote competition and events that develop the skills and experience of talented athletes in the region

Support access to top level coaching, training, medical and sport science to give athletes the best chance of reaching their potential

Conduct programs which support and compliment club coaching.


By bridging the gap between club and elite training methods, we support athletes to develop their level of performance and overall success in sport and life.  We achieve this through the pooling of resources, delivery of expert coaching and training that is complemented by sports science and support services.

SWAS is one of six (6) regional academies within VRAS, the other academies in the network include: