Athletics Australia and the University of Melbourne have today begun to accept applications for the upcoming 2016 Raise the Bar Academy, to be held on the university’s campus from 18-22 January 2016.
Now in its second year, the Raise the Bar Academy is open to indigenous students entering Year 11 or 12, with the aim of supporting those who are interested in pursuing tertiary education and a career in the sports industry.
The free program consists of a five-day summer residence camp at the University of Melbourne. Participants will develop new skills in athletics coaching, sports media training and community sports events management as well as having the opportunity to connect directly with sports industry professionals and some of Australia’s best athletes.
Athletics Australia’s General Manager, Participation & Community Sport, Tim Klar said the Academy was aimed at helping Indigenous Australians to turn their love of sport into a career as well as encouraging them to both complete secondary school and pursue tertiary studies.
“This is a great initiative and Athletics Australia and the University of Melbourne are proud to see it return for a second year,” Klar said.
“The camp provides a fantastic opportunity for kids to get on track to start the school year right, be inspire by peers just like themselves, meet new friends and learn from some of Australia’s best athletes who are excelling in all areas of their lives, not just the sports arena.”
“The Academy participants will have the chance to explore their leadership potential and discover how to pursue a university education at Australia’s leading academic and research institution.
The Raise the Bar Academy will welcome approximately 30 participants.
The application form, which includes submission details, can be downloaded below.