The State Government has committed $2.75 million towards the Clontarf Foundation academies to harness the power of football in regional South Australia.
The Clontarf Foundation is a not-for profit organisation that operates in 97 schools across the country to improve the attendance, retention and behaviour of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys.
The Clontarf Foundation supports young people through a broad range activities within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, healthy lifestyles, life and football.
The foundation focuses not only on supporting individuals through their schooling, but beyond that into the workforce.
One of four pilot academies will be established at Port Augusta Secondary School and another in Whyalla, harnessing students existing passion for AFL to keep them in school.
Premier Steven Marshall said he is proud of the government’s new partnership with this important foundation.
Former Clontarf students have gone onto become AFL footballers and many more are excelling across a range of fields.
The foundation will work alongside the SA Aboriginal Sports Training Academy and Port Adelaide’s Aboriginal programs, including Will Power and the Power Cup.