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In 2014, the Port Adelaide Football Club established the Aboriginal AFL Academy. This partnership saw Port Adelaide become the first AFL club to house and dedicate its time to the educational success of school aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The program invites a squad of 30-40 year 11 and 12 students into the Academy, where they attend a once-a-week (35 weeks) education and training day at Alberton Oval during the school year.

Mentored by Port Adelaide staff, coaches and players, the Academy participates in a range of high performance activities, practice matches, cultural exchange and interstate and international travel. The students complete a certificate three or four in a variety of disciplines such as fitness and Aboriginal studies.

Since its inception the program has seen 160 enrolled with 143 completing the program

In addition to the academic success of the program four (4) Academy members have been drafted to AFL clubs; Adelaide’s Wayne Milera (2015), Richmond’s Tyson Stengle, Carlton’s Kym Lebois and Geelong’s Brandan Parfitt (2016) who now advocate for overall strengths and success of the program.

Direct enquiries to Marlon Motlop, Aboriginal Programs Coordinator at 

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