Many of our sportDS Academy participants are gap year students from overseas. We know that as a parent, sending your son or daughter across the globe to Melbourne can be daunting. We’ve created this page to give you important information about how we can make this an enjoyable, safe and valuable athlete experience for your aspiring young sportsperson.
Some athletes choose to stay with family or friends whilst here in Melbourne, whilst some more confident travelers choose to make their own living arrangements. For others who prefer a more supported experience, we can recommend Sport Lived.
sportDS Academy has been working closely for many years with Sport Lived, a UK based company who specialise in sporting gap year experiences. Together we have been guiding athletes and players through their time in Melbourne and helping to create lifelong memories.
Aside from the benefits of providing an instant network of friends for your son or daughter, Sport Lived make the early weeks of their program hassle free.
Sport Lived will arrange:
An introductory Skype with the Melbourne Coordinator prior to arrival
Standard or Premium accommodation options in Melbourne
Airport pick-up and drop-off by one of their Melbourne staff
Placement with a sports club for the duration of program
Life admin: medicare, mobile phone, myki (transport card), gym membership
Social events calendar - full of great must-do Melbourne activities
Assistance with finding work (for those staying long-term)
Enrolment in the sportDS Academy
Melbourne based staff are there to support and mentor throughout the program – available 24/7. What a relief!
Academy participants who book through Sport Lived are able to fully immerse themselves in Australian culture, improve significantly in their chosen sport and be kept busy with all that Melbourne has to offer - pre-arranged and worry free. They can return home having had the experience of a life time and having improved as an athlete. Win win!!
Interesting fact: very often parents have visited their kids in Melbourne during the program and have had incredible experiences seeing what it’s all about. Great excuse for a holiday....
Check out their website for further details.
Find out below what parents have said about Sport Lived