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Academy for top young Aboriginal footballers

13 February 2014

SAASTA students playing in Aboriginal Power Cup

Aboriginal students who excel in football will be able fulfil their on-field goals while completing their schooling at a specialised sport and learning AFL Academy at Alberton Oval.

The Aboriginal AFL Academy – the first of its kind in Australia - will ensure the State's best young Aboriginal footballers will acquire the essential skills they need for both on and off the footy field.

In this year's inaugural intake, 30 Aboriginal secondary students – from years 10, 11 and 12 – will take up places in the Academy.

The State Government will provide $50,000 funding a year to the program.

The South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) and the Port Adelaide Football Club will work with the SANFL League clubs and existing SAASTA schools to identify talented footballers for entry into the AFRL Academy.

PAFC chief executive Keith Thomas said the club was thrilled to be partnering with the State Government.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to share expert advice from our AFL coaches, fitness staff and dieticians while at the same time gaining credits toward their SACE by engaging in a range of theory and practical workshops," Mr Thomas said.

All students will undertake the Certificate III in Sport and Recreation with topics geared towards participation in Australian Rules Football. In 2013, 66 SAASTA students completed the Certificate III.