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Dubbo in New South Wales (NSW) is the next stop for a not-for-profit foundation that is keeping Aboriginal boys out of trouble and at school through participation in football academies.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, understands that the Clontarf Foundation will establish academies this year at the Delroy and South campuses of Dubbo College for 240 targeted students. He said when the Year 10 students moved to Dubbo College Senior Campus the Foundation would start an academy there.
Mr Tudge joined Mr Coulton in applauding the work of the Foundation, catering to about 2900 boys in 55 schools across Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Victoria and NSW.
Foundation funding is equally provided by the federal government, state or territory governments and the private sector.
'There are many instances where the government puts money into Indigenous programs and you struggle to see the results, but this is not one of those instances,' Mr Tudge said.
'We have to do everything we possibly can to keep kids at school, learning, achieving and then getting them into work,' he said.
'We know that if you get a basic education and if you’ve got a job, then everything else tends to take care of itself. Your physical health is better, your mental health is better, the community is safer.'
Mr Tudge said Foundation staff included 'important indigenous role models' for boys who sometimes were missing a 'good strong male' presence in their lives.
The Foundation, which established its first academy in 2000, also support graduates as they take up new jobs and plan for their future.
Source: Daily Liberal