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An academy for young Indigenous footballers is being established at Port Adelaide's home ground Alberton Oval.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says it will have an important role. 'We want to make sure that our young Aboriginal students are fully equipped for work and life, and still pursue their football careers but not neglect their studies', he said.
The first intake will be 30 Aboriginal students from years 10, 11 and 12 who will undertake a certificate in sport and recreation.
The state Aboriginal Sports Training Academy and Port Adelaide Football Club will work with South Australian National Football League clubs and schools to identify talented footballers who deserve places in the academy in the future.
Port CEO Keith Thomas says it will be a great chance for some young talent to develop.