National Sports Academy eyes Aug 2021 start

AFTER President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) 11470, establishing the National Academy of Sports (NAS) and granting full scholarships to qualified student-athletes back in June, the academy is now slowly coming into fruition as its location and targeted date of opening have already been set.

In the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) Hour Facebook show of Radyo Pilipinas, newly appointed NAS Executive Director and PSC Sports Psychology Unit Head Josephine Joy Reyes revealed that the academy is eyeing to start its school year around August of next year.

The executive director also confirmed that the location of NSA will be in New Clark City in Pampanga, the same place where the 2019 Southeast Asian Games were held last year.

“We’re eyeing to open next year. I really hope that everything will be built by that time [in order] that that will be the timeline for us; eyeing to open the school year by August next year hopefully,” stated Reyes during her appearance on the show yesterday afternoon.

“Our timeline this first and second quarter is very crucial because the [infrastructure] has to be built. The sports facilities have to be set up. And all these plans won’t happen if we don’t have any budget. We need the budget to be in place also [in order that] we can move on and move forward in building the structures and setting up the system,” she added.

The NAS will be under the Department of Education and will be coordinated by the PSC.

Reyes also shared that one of the academy’s biggest plans is to have international sports schools and universities that have similar frameworks as a benchmark for the NAS. She mentioned that the academy was looking at Singapore and Australia as one of those possible countries.

“I’m thinking of the Singapore Sports School as one of the schools that can be visited to benchmark their system. Of course, when you say Australia, you’re talking about the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport). These are the elite programs that we’d want to adopt,” she said.

Reyes stated that the NAS will be offering secondary education (grades seven to 12) and will have a unique curriculum as it will focus more on the development of student athletes. She emphasized that the main goal of the academy is to ensure that the athletes that will come out of the NAS are more than ready for the next step.

“The curriculum is unique [in] itself because this will be solely centered on the athlete’s development. Of course, this won’t be very different from the usual curriculum because the general subjects would still be in place, but unique because it will center on the development of the student athlete,” she said.

“We want to build the character of the student athletes but at the same time, valuing education and supplementing this with specific and sports science-based [approaches in] training programs to prepare them to be world class athletes,” she added.

Date: October 17, 2020 | By: Carl Argarin | Newspaper: Manila Times | Source: