Increased athlete services for the south-east region

Work is underway to improve and increase the range of sport programs offered to athletes across the south-east region of NSW in coordination between the Office of Sport and Directors of the South East Regional Academy of Sport (SERAS).

Following administrative changes at the Academy the Office of Sport will operate the academy in 2017 to reinvigorate sport programs available to athletes and coaches in the region.

SERAS Chair John Hanley said the Board has worked proactively with Office of Sport to ensure that services for athletes will increase. This position is also supported by the Canberra Region Joint Organisation of Councils.

"Assisting the development of aspiring athletes from the south east of NSW is the primary aim of the Academy and the future is bright thanks to the coordinated support we've been offered by the Office of Sport," Mr Hanley said.

Office of Sport Chief Executive Matt Miller said an increased support for athletes in the south east of NSW was announced through additional funding in this year's Budget.

"The Office of Sport recognises the unique challenges faced by sport participants in regional areas and works collaboratively with local governments and Associations to best fund programs to increase participation.

"Programs will operate on the athlete pathway between grassroots participation and elite level sport taking into account research which influences long term athletic Success," Mr Miller said.

Current programs such as the Academy Games on the Central Coast in April and the cycling program will Continue as planned.

A large scale individual athlete program will be offered in 2017 with enhanced athlete education opportunities. A new program aimed at assisting coaches in the region to develop their skills and expertise will also be offered.

The Office of Sport will publish full details of the sport programs as soon as they are finalised.