The UNSW Sport team has this week released the Progress Report, outlining the key achievements of the UNSW 2025 Sport Strategy so far, as well as plans for the future.

The report addresses the three key objectives of the strategy, which are:

1. Increase participation, drive equity and build campus communities
2. Support excellence
3. Strengthen partnerships

The report outlines a number of achievements but of particular note has been significant progress in each major goal under the three key objectives:

1. Student Participation – 14,508 students participate in sport and active recreation at UNSW representing a 45% increase from 2017 to 2019. This is 25% of the entire student population, an increase from 16% (2017), and was on track to reach the 30% target by the end of 2020, however due to COVID-19 and the delayed delivery of the Village Green Wellness Precinct this may not be achieved. However, we are confident that the 2025 goal of 40% will be not only reached, but surpassed.

2. Sporting Excellence – 44 students have represented Australia in their chosen sport, including 13 Olympians at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics and the 2018 Winter Olympics. The introduction of 12 new High Performance Sports scholarships and two Indigenous Sports Scholarships demonstrates the commitment to supporting the very best athletes at UNSW.

3. Community Partnerships – 31 new sporting and community partnerships have been established, to support nine significant internal partnerships within UNSW. Some notable partnerships include Sport NSW / NSW Office of Sport; PLuS Alliance partner Arizona State University; Nura Gili; Randwick & Bayside City Councils and UniSport Australia.

The key aim moving forward for the UNSW Sport team is to continue to deliver the key objectives, to develop a truly equitable, diverse and inclusive experience for students and staff, enhancing their mental health and wellbeing and to increase their sense of belonging to the UNSW community, leaving with a deep connection to the University for life.

You can read the full Progress Report on our website, which provides details of the achievements and future goals across all facets of sport and active recreation at UNSW. The full strategy can also be found on the 2025 Sport Strategy page of our website.