The Regional Academies of Sport (RAS) form an important step in the Netball NSW (NNSW) Athlete Pathway, focusing on athletic development, acquisition of elite skills and the broader concepts of injury prevention, recovery, lifestyle management and education.  In addition, the RAS program forms an important step in the Coach and Umpire Development Pathways.

The Develop a Diamond Academy (DADA) Program provides development, education and support structures for athletes to easily integrate to the next level of the elite athlete pathway and focuses on individual athlete development as per the focus of the SIS/SAS nomenclature framework and provides for a soundly based, consistent and co-ordinated national approach for development of all State/Territory based identified athletes.  The program follows the Netball Australia Long Term Athlete Development Program (LTADP) which consists of three core strands that promote holistic athlete development.  The three core components are:
• Technical and Tactical Skill Development;
• Physical Preparation;
• Athlete Wellbeing.

The objectives of the DADA Program are to:
• Provide an elite, holistic program that focuses on the development of the individual athlete and their ability to contribute to a team environment;
• Deliver a best practice training program based on the NA Academy Curriculum and designed to maximise the potential for elite performance outcomes;
• Provide a clear and well communicated development pathway for athletes;
• A training environment that is delivered by highly qualified coaches and support staff in NA standard facilities.

The program generally runs from February through to October each year with squad selections held by each Academy between September – January. The target athlete groups are:
• 14-16 year old athletes who reside within the Academy’s defined Local Government boundaries for Full Scholarship.

For further information on program trials and nomination information and deadlines go to the relevant Academy’s website, linked below.

For zoning information and player eligibility please refer to this link: Regional Academy of Sport – Council Areas

Athletes nominating for selection must:
• Display the potential to progress through the Netball NSW Athlete pathway and become a potential state squad member;
• Display the capacity to gain the ball and have an inherent game sense and work to develop their athletic competencies;
• Demonstrate a dedication to improving performance.

Players who are selected into these squads, along with training and development, are also involved in two round robin competitions to put their skills into practice; the Academy Games held in April each year and the NIB Games held in July.

For further information on the Academy Program or to see what is happening in your region, follow the links below:

Regional Academies of Sport: 
Central Coast (Mingara) www.thinksport.com.au
Hunter (Newcastle)www.hunteracademy.org.au
Illawarra (Wollongong)www.illawarraacademy.org.au 
North Coast (Lismore)www.ncas.org.au
Northern Inland (Tamworth)www.nias.org.au
Southern (Wagga) – www.ssa-nsw.org.au/
South East Region (Queanbeyan) – nsw.netball.com.au/high-performance/regional-academies-of-sport/serna/ 
South West Sydney (Campbelltown)
 – www.swsas.org.au
Western Sydney (Penrith)www.wsas.com.au
Western Region (Bathurst)www.wras.org.au
Far West (Cobar) – www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/fwas
Sydney Netball Academy (Metropolitan Sydney) –  nsw.netball.com.au/high-performance/regional-academies-of-sport/sydney-netball-academy/