The SANTOS Aboriginal Power Cup was established in 2008 with funding from the Government of South Australia, and grew significantly with the support of SANTOS since 2009. The program has grown from 133 students at 6 schools in 2008 to 500 students from 75 schools in 2019.

With a mid-year 2-day competitive football carnival as its centrepiece, the SANTOS Aboriginal Power Cup focuses on engaging young people in;

  • Aboriginal culture
  • Education- Years 10, 11 & 12
  • Promoting healthy lifestyle choices
  • Teamwork, leadership, resilience and life skills.

The grand finals of the SANTOS Aboriginal Power Cup are played as a curtain-raiser to a Port Adelaide game at Adelaide Oval during Reconciliation week.

To reach the final, teams must;

  • Meet the 80% minimum school attendance requirement
  • Rank highly in both the academic and behavioural components of the program.

In the first two years the SANTOS Aboriginal Power Cup met its objectives of improving the school attendance rates for Aboriginal students, using football as a vehicle to engage and motivate students at school. In successfully engaging students and attaining high attendance rates through APC our KPI’s continued to evolve from attendance to retention, completion and now transition into higher education or meaningful employment.

The SANTOS Aboriginal Power Cup is run in partnership with the South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA).

Santos and the Government of South Australia are Major Partners of the program. Government agencies’ supporting the program include the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. 

Direct further enquiries to Paul Vandenbergh, Director, Aboriginal Programs,