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In 2018, the Port Adelaide Football Club (PAFC) in partnership with the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) established the first Women’s Aboriginal AFL Academy (WAAA) across the AFL.

PAFC staff and coaches dedicate their time to the educational and sporting success of school-aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female students.

In its inaugural year, the program saw 29 young Year 11 and 12 female participants take part in the program. The students attend Alberton oval once-a-week during the school term(s) to undertake an elite curriculum, sporting and wellbeing program throughout the school year.

Students in 2018 completed a Certificate III in Fitness which equipped the students with the skills and fundamentals to work within a gym setting or sporting club as a Personal Trainer or similar roles.

Week in and out the girls studied, trained and gained valuable insights into the elite AFL environment. Students also were exposed to many new and memorable experiences, including for many of them, their first International trip to New Zealand for a cultural exchange.  

In 2019 students will study either a Certificate III in Sports and Recreation and/or Stage 2 Aboriginal Studies.

The Women’s Aboriginal AFL Academy program featured:

  • Interstate and International Travel
  • Curtain Raiser match on Adelaide Oval before a PAFC home game
  • A cultural exchange experience Interstate or Internationally
  • 8 games throughout the year
  • Skilled contractors/mentors and role models 
  • Health and Wellbeing elements
  • RAAF Base at Edinburgh
  • University & Employment transitions

Program enquiries to Marlon Motlop, Coordinator AFL Academies,

Sponsorship enquiries to Kellie Graves, Aboriginal Programs Manager,

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