The Southern Sports Academy is recognised locally and state-wide as an industry leader of pre-elite sports development programs, providing pathways for athletes and coaches to achieve elite level performance and become future leaders of the community.

Whilst being monitored and mentored remotely, academy athletes typically come together at least once a month to receive the most professional coaching available in the area. Our coaching staff are the highest qualified and most experienced coaches available in Southern NSW and we compliment the skill and technique-based coaching with athlete physical development testing and individualised programming, Sports Medicine education covering issues such as Nutrition, Recovery Techniques including Massage (Self), Yoga and Meditation as well as Sports Psychology and Exercise Physiology principles.


As a member academy of the Regional Academies of Sport (RAS), SSA is a key system partner of the NSW Office of Sport’s Future Champions Strategy. The Future Champions is a four-year strategy launched in December 2019 by the NSW Office of Sport, that aims to equip and empower our foundational and emerging athletes (and their parents, coaches etc.) to fulfill their sporting aspirations and engage and unite our pathways sector and stakeholders to provide them the best support at the right time.

For more information about the NSW Office of Sport Future Champions Strategy follow this link


Adapted from the original FTEM Framework (Gulbin, Croser, Morley & Weissensteiner, 2013), the FTEM NSW Participant and Athlete Framework developed by the NSW Office of Sport, is directly informing and supporting the guidance and ongoing support provided by the Office of Sport Pathways team including the NSW Government’s Future Champions – Pathways to Sporting Success strategy.

The Regional Academies of Sport are recognised in the FTEM model. SSA and the other regional academies in NSW are commissioned by many sports to operate in the T (Talent) section of the pathway moving athletes from T1 to T4.

For more information about FTEM NSW resources, follow this link 


The NSW Office of Sport through its Pathways area within the Sector performance team, provides guidance and ongoing support specific to best practice participant and athlete development to a broad range of stakeholders and organisations. To have a look at what is available, follow this link.