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ICMS joins ABL as official partner of Academy
Partnership will help educate next generation of stars
07/20/2013 2:09 PM ET
MLB Academy attendees play and study during their time on the Gold Coast.
MLB Academy attendees play and study during their time on the Gold Coast. (SMP Images)

SYDNEY, 20 July - The Australian Baseball League brought to you by Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking (ABL) and International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) are teaming up to prepare the next generation of Australian baseballers for their lives in and out of the game. ICMS, a leading business school, will join the Australian baseball family as Official Partner of the Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program (MLBAAP) where the brightest young stars in Australian baseball play and study on the Gold Coast, developing as athletes and men.

ICMS offers a suite of business and management degrees with specialisations in sports management, event management, hospitality management and property management. All ICMS programs are inclusive of up to 9 months Industry Training allowing students to apply their learning in a real work environment. From February 2014 the college will introduce postgraduate qualifications in management and international business.

“With ICMS preparing students for management and leadership roles in the sports industry it is imperative that we support progressive organisations such as the ABL. Their (ABL’s) vision for growing the sport in Australia balanced with a commitment to educate young players made for a perfect match. ICMS is proud to be an ABL sponsor in 2013/2014.”

The MLBAAP, now in its 13th season, hosts the best young baseball players from around Australia for six weeks in the winter, honing their skills in intensive work on the field and continuing their education around the clock. Players train and play six days a week and, since most are still of school age, have supervised academic sessions at night. Strength training is also part of the routine. It is a heavy workload - one to which many are not accustomed - but is designed to give the players a taste of the regimen they will experience if they get the opportunity to go into professional baseball.

“Though baseball is our business, it’s just as important to us to make sure that the young men who comprise our next era of stars are educated and prepared to contribute to society in whichever avenue they choose,” ABL National Partnerships Manager Gaby Anger said. “This partnership with ICMS ensures that our athletes will continue to receive world-class education and direction at the Academy and beyond”.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.