Education & Sport Opportunities for Student Athletes


Sport SA and Athletes Dream Pty Ltd have signed a strategic alliance to activate and promote the importance of Athlete Career Development. Through this alliance, qualifying student athletes will receive opportunities to combine Education and Sport, particularly in North America. College scholarships in North America are sought after, hard to acquire alone and will change your life.

A sustainable lifestyle post sporting career is a key objective for any athlete. Without higher education too many athletes are experiencing a narrow pathway of opportunity in securing an enjoyable working future. Obtaining higher education is paramount in improving the skill set of an athlete, which provides long term returns of social and economic benefit to the communities that once supported the athlete.

Through this strategic alliance, Sport SA appoints Athletes Dream as their advisory channel for the student athletes, inviting interested student athletes, families, clubs, schools and academies to contact Athletes Dream for any issue relating to athlete education and career development. The dual career pathway (study and play) enables the athlete to maximize their potential of succeeding in the professional arena, whilst providing the athlete with a peace of mind for life after sport.

Sport SA Chief Executive Officer, Jan Sutherland said, “This is a great opportunity for our athletes to gain a valuable higher education while pursuing their aspirations of a career as an athlete. Some talented South Australians are already enjoying this learning for life and sport and Sport SA will be working with Athlete’s Dream who make this pathway more accessible and easier to navigate for everyone,” stated Ms. Sutherland.

Athletes Dream CEO, Ash Smith expressed, "Sport SA is positioning themselves at the forefront of athlete academic development. True athlete career pathways are very limited in Australia and beyond. The North American College landscape will be a great fit for so many young South Australians. We look forward to working Jan and the team at Sport SA to provide accurate information regarding educational opportunities for athletes, contributing towards long term social and economic returns to the state of South Australia".

To learn more about our athletes who have embarked on this exciting journey starting with Athletes Dream: or Facebook

Athletes Dream brings extensive international experience and knowledge to this often misunderstood sector. CEO Ash Smith is Adelaide born and raised, but in recent years working closely on Athlete Career Development with executive members of Adecco, International Olympic Committee, European Union, UNESCO and more. National sport federations and National Olympic Committees are invited to connect with Athletes Dream to understand the value added service that is provided to student athletes seeking a dual career pathway.

For further information please contact: Ms Jan Sutherland, Sport SA, on 08 8353 7755, Mobile: 0419 861 916 or email . or Ash Smith, Athletes Dream, on Mobile: 0403 527 317 or email

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