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Sports SA no longer has a sporting chance

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Government to reverse its disastrous decision to cut funding to private training providers to avoid damaging the fabric of South Australia’s sporting culture.

“The Weatherill Government’s savage cuts to funding to private training providers will undermine the future of sport in South Australia,” said Shadow Minister for Employment, Skills and Training David Pisoni.

“The Weatherill Government’s decision to exclude Sports SA from providing training programs to create career pathways in sporting clubs and sporting event management will impact upon all levels of sport in South Australia.”

Sports SA is a non-government, not-for-profit peak sports industry professional association, providing industry advocacy, training and professional support to over 155 members and affiliated bodies in the industry.

Sports SA delivers qualifications from Certificate II to Diploma in the areas of Sport, Fitness, Sport and Recreation, Aquatics, Sports Trainer and Sport Development. Sports SA has well established programs within the VET in Schools sector and offers tailored training programs in full-time or part-time traineeships.

“We need properly trained people working in our sporting clubs, sporting organisations and sporting events and the Weatherill Government’s WorkReady program will not deliver the training opportunities necessary to provide those people into the future,” said Mr Pisoni.

“The fact is that sport from the highest levels to the junior levels will suffer from a lack of people professionally trained by the sports industry association. “Sporting clubs are at the heart of the South Australian community and play a vital role in promoting good health and wellbeing for people of all ages and all backgrounds across the state.

“At present private vocational training providers deliver about 46% of the subsidised training places in South Australia with TAFE SA responsible for the remaining 54%.

“Under the new WorkReady scheme the Weatherill Government will allocate more than 90 per cent of the new subsidised training places to TAFE SA

“The Weatherill Government’s funding restrictions will drive private RTOs to the wall, costing jobs and reducing the quality and quantity of vocational training in South Australia.”