Four Clontarf Foundation football academies will be piloted in South Australian public schools from next year to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys.
$2.75 million will be invested into the program over 3 years.
The four pilot academies will be established at Ocean View College, Port Augusta Secondary School and Port Lincoln High School, as well as a Whyalla academy that will work with secondary schools in the area.
The Foundation, which is also supported by the Commonwealth Government and the private sector, is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with schools to improve the attendance, retention and behaviour of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys.
The Foundation harnesses the students’ existing passion for Australian Rules Football, which is used to attract the boys to school and keep them there.
The program allows full time, locally based Clontarf staff to mentor and counsel students across a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues, while the schools cater for their educational needs.
The Clontarf Foundation has been operating for almost 19 years and currently operates academies in 97 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.