In September 2012, AUS announced a partnership with the national government Be the Influence - Tackling Binge Drinking campaign. As part of this partnership, AUS created a national leadership and education program and gave the campaign naming rights to that program.
Fifteen student athletes from eleven different universities attended two half day workshops held on 15-16 May, 2013 on the Gold Coast in conjunction with the AUS national conference. Those 15 students were designated as student team captains for their university and as such had leadership roles within the teams that were selected to compete at AUS events in 2013.
Following the success of the pilot workshops in May, further workshops were carried out in August 2013 including overall university team captains as well as sport team captains from all four AUS regions.
In 2014, the workshops were again offered in each of the four AUS regions throughout May and June and engaged both team captains and sport team captains as they prepared for Regional University Games.
Whilst the partnership with the Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking campaign ended in 2014 (due to the conclusion of the government funding initiative), AUS retained the title Be the Influence for the program and continued to advance its delivery to all campuses across the broader university sport membership in 2015.
As the Be The Influence program moves forward, it is AUS’ aim to deliver this program not only to all particpants at AUS events, but also to other students on campuses throughout Australia who participate in club and social sport on campuses throughout the country.
With the development of an online version of the program, accessability to this information and training has now been made even easier.
The first phase of the launch, comprised of four modules, has been officially released online and is available free of charge for a limited time only to student-athletes who participated in Unigames in 2016 until Monday 31 October, 2016.
The development of an online learning environment forms part of a conscious effort to increase the program’s reach, which has been delivered by AUS since 2009.
This additional delivery method aims to empower a network of responsible student leaders to have a positive influence on their peers, not just at AUS events, but in their academic, personal and professional lives. By moving away from traditional, classroom based learning, AUS hopes to encourage student-athletes, including those in regional areas, to engage in practical learning that will teach them how to handle complex social issues and shape them into future leaders.
The launch of the ‘Be The Influence’ online program is just the beginning; eventually AUS is aiming for a 12 module course where, upon completion, students will receive a nationally accredited Certificate IV in University Sport Leadership.
AUS has been delivering the ‘Be The Influence’ Program for a number of years across Australian university campuses. To date we have seen in excess of 500 university student leaders complete the program.
In an effort to increase the reach and number of students, AUS has been working to take the program to an online learning environment. As part of our ongoing support of education and training of student leaders we are offering you the first four modules for FREE!
If you want to improve your resume, better prepare yourself for life after university or for the upcoming Australian Unigames please contact your university team manager on campus to get a code which will allow you to complete all four modules for FREE! We want to help you #playunigames and win not just in sport but in life after university.
The four modules that you have FREE access to Monday 31 October, 2016 are;