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Athlete Development

Elite Athlete Friendly University program

Supporting Australia’s elite athletes to achieve academic excellence.

The Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) Network has been established to identify and promote universities who have responded to the specific needs of elite student athletes by developing new, or promoting existing policies and practices which assist elite student athletes to undertake sporting opportunities whilst pursuing and achieving academic excellence.

The value of combining both sport and higher education to achieve greater life success is well recognised across the university and sporting sectors.

There are 41 universities across Australia that are part of the EAFU network. Each of these universities has a contact person to support elite athletes within their university.

How to get involved

Contact the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), your state institute or academy of sport, university or player welfare manager to discuss how the EAFU network can help you.

To check if your university participates in the scheme and to locate contact details for the EAFU contact person

Visit the endorsed universities page.

Accessing support

All athletes are encouraged to talk with relevant university personnel and/or the EAFU contact officer to seek support or advice if any issues arise.

Athletes from the following groups should contact their Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Manager/Advisors in the first instance to discuss issues:

  • State institutes and academies of sport - scholarship holders
  • National senior squad members from Sport Australia high performance supported sports.

Recognised athletes from the participating players' associations and national senior squad athletes that fall outside of the identified cohort should contact the relevant university contact officer for support.

Please note that verification of national senior squad status for Sport Australia funded sport may be requested from the athlete prior to assistance being provided from the university.

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