ATHLETE SUPPORT

Eastern Cape Academy of Sport operates as a service provider and aims to assist talented athletes as they strive to compete at an elite level. For many talented athletes the greatest barrier to their continued participation is a lack of resources. The Academy is cognisant of these barriers which threaten the development of talent within the South African sporting environment.

Thus, we prioritise careful selection and provision of the widest-possible range of sport mechanisms that may be offered to athletes who demonstrate potential, from fostering partnerships with national sport federations to create opportunities to subsidising the cost of equipment and travel.

ECAS provides the following services to the athletes on the programme:

Support Services:

·         Physical Testing and Programming

·         Injury Support and Rehabilitation

·         Sport Psychology

·         Nutritional Guidance and Education

·         Life Skills, Mentoring and Monitoring

·         Video Analysis

·         Access to ECAS Gymnasium

·         Medical Services ( Doctors, Physiotherapists, Sport Massages)

Where additional support is required before big events and competitions, the Academy recruits the assistance of its various service providers so that the individual or team is adequately prepared. Notable visitors to the ECAS High Performance Unit in Gqeberha have included the national South African Women’s Rugby Team, Premier Soccer League Team Bay United, the 2006 South African Junior Surfing Squad as well as the Kenyan Men’s Rugby Squad.

The growing use of Academy services by both national and international teams highlights the professional manner in which the Academy caters for athlete needs and the consistent support that we have shown in athlete development.

         

Photo Credit: NMU (HPC)