Athlete Program



Program overview

The South West Sydney Academy of Sport is accepting scholarship nominations from female and male athletes from the SESA region interested in participating in selection trials for the Academy’s Hockey program. This program is specifically designed to underpin the Hockey NSW - Accelerated Athlete Program (AAP). 

Scholarship benefits

1. Provide a high quality development program opportunity for athletes wishing to progress, or return to the HNSW AAP.

2. Provide a high quality development program opportunity for local junior players, transitioning into senior Hockey

Athlete eligibility

To gain selection into the SWSAS Hockey Program athletes must satisfy the eligibility criteria and demonstrate the following:

  • Aged 16 to18 years in 2019 (Born in 2003, 2002 and 2001).

  • Reside, attend school, or compete for an affiliate sporting club within the defined boundaries of The South East Sports Academy (SESA)

  • Athletes must be committed to progressing to higher representation within the sport of hockey

  • Athletes must be committed to attending all coaching/training, education sessions and camps. We understand that from time to time athletes may be unable to attend sessions due to illness, holiday commitments or competing at a higher level within school sport etc. Prior arrangement must be sort and approved from SWSAS to be absent from any sessions. 

  • Athletes must be a member of a Hockey NSW registered hockey club

  • Final athlete selections will be sanctioned by Hockey NSW (HNSW).

Selection criteria

The selection criterion comprises sport specific requirements developed in collaboration with Hockey NSW. The SWSAS reserves the right to accept, or reject any athlete nomination based on its own selection criteria.

Athletes submitting a nomination for inclusion in the SWSAS Hockey scholarship program are required to acknowledge that the acceptance for their nomination will be at the sole discretion of the SWSAS.

Conditions of scholarship

SWSAS Hockey Scholarship holders are expected to:

  • Attend all program activities

  • Be committed and prepared to work toward improving performance

  • Be committed to a holistic approach to athlete development

  • Not take or use performance enhancing drugs or illegal drugs or participate in other activities that are prohibited by the South East Sports Academy Code of Conduct

  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the Academy.

Scholarships are not in the form of a monetary sum, but rather enable athletes to participate in the SWSAS program which will provide training workshops, camps and competition opportunities. These workshops include access to high level coaching, analysis of technique, sports science testing, sport psychology, nutrition, and drugs in sport awareness.

Athlete Levies

  • A joining levy of $400.00 GST inclusive will be applicable to all successful new athletes.

  • A uniform including a polo shirt, training shorts, tracksuit, training shirt and cap will be provided as part of the overall program.

  • Returning athletes will have the option of paying $300.00 and will not receive any additional new uniform. Note: The opportunity to purchase individual items will be available after all Academy squads have been outfitted.

  • All athlete levies must be paid in full within 14 days of selection, or the scholarship offer will be automatically withdrawn; unless agreed SWSAS Board of Management arrangements have been confirmed.

  • The SWSAS squad will compete in various competitions throughout the program and an additional cost maybe incurred to support some of these events/tours.

Selection process

Complete a nomination form and attend trials.

Nominations close 5pm Friday 18 October 2018

Please complete a nomination form and send to James Watson at


SWSAS Hockey Nominations

PO Box 307
Macarthur Square, NSW 2560  

 Phone: 02 4627 7622 Fax: 02 4627 7633


Date: Monday 22 October

Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Macarthur Regional Hockey Complex
Millwood Avenue, Narellan

2018 Hockey Program

The 2018-2019 program will run from late October 2018 through to April 2019. Skills training sessions are generally held throughout the SWSAS region, although we will go outside the local region for the training camp and ClubsNSW Academy Games. 

A draft coaching/ training calendar is available at Circumstances may arise that dictate that some activities/dates may change during the course of the season. SWSAS will also run education/personal development sessions throughout the season. It is expected that athletes will do their own training over and above the SWSAS sessions Please note: The financial support SWSAS receives from both Hockey NSW and our corporate partners enable us to provide the hockey program with subsidised tour opportunities. These tours will include all travel, meals, accommodation and entry fees. The Goulburn training camp will have an athlete levy of approx $130pp applied. Your Local ClubAcademy Games will have an additional cost of approx $200pp.