THE PORT ADELAIDE Football Club is pleased to announce that Flinders University has come on board as a community partner for the Santos Aboriginal Power Cup.

In its 14th year, the Santos Aboriginal Power Cup is seeing real improvements in school attendance and graduation rates in Indigenous communities with 96 per-cent of all participants completing their year 12 studies over the program’s history.

After attending various workshops around Indigenous culture and history throughout terms one and two, participants who have completed their assessment tasks and met attendance and behavioural standards will take part in a two-day nine-a-side football carnival starting on Thursday 27 May.

Established in 2008, the Santos Aboriginal Power Cup has grown from 133 secondary students at six schools to more than 500 from 65 schools.

Students obtain SACE credit points as part of the program and learn about Indigenous culture, healthy lifestyle choices, teamwork, leadership and resilience.

The partnership with Flinders University will see its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student ambassadors attend this week’s carnival to showcase the opportunities for further studies.

Flinders University will also present an award to the team with the highest attendance at the VIP Awards Ceremony at the carnival’s conclusion on Sunday.

Port Adelaide Chief Executive Matthew Richardson was pleased to have Flinders University partnering with the program.

“We know Flinders University has a history of inspiring achievement and aims to have a positive impact the community – values that very much align with what we try to do at the Port Adelaide Football Club,” Mr Richardson said.

“The Santos Aboriginal Power Cup has had such great success in the key focus areas of school attendance and completion, and the next part of the process is connecting students with opportunities for employment and further education, something Flinders will very much assist with.”

Flinders University’s inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) Associate Professor Simone Ulalka Tur says participating in the career expo at this week’s football carnival connects the university with students, their families and the Aboriginal community about pathways to further studies.

“The Aboriginal Power Cup engages young people in the importance of schooling and closing the gap in year 12 completion rates towards achieving educational outcomes which support the potential of young Aboriginal people,” she said.

“Flinders University is excited to establish its presence at the Careers Expo to offer more than 500  Aboriginal students in SA the opportunity to discuss their ambitions and the best pathway towards achieving their dreams.”

The Santos Aboriginal Power Cup is run in partnership with Santos, the South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA), the Government of South Australia -Attorney-General’s Department, the Department for Infrastructure and Transport and Blooms the Chemist.