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Date posted: 1 February 2012
The Australian Football League Players' Association (AFLPA) has released an annual report that shows that professional Indigenous AFL players are taking advantage of a range of off-field wellbeing programs.
The 2011 AFL players' development and wellbeing report describes what the AFLPA is doing to ensure the vocational, social, emotional, physical and psychological health of AFL footballers.
The report states that Indigenous players are increasingly taking advantage of educational and assistance programs offered through the AFLPA. The number of Indigenous players who are engaged in some kind of study has leapt from eight in 2009 to 29 last year.
The Indigenous Player Advisory Board, which held its inaugural meeting in August, aims to build on this.
The Board comprises chairman Adam Goodes, Xavier Clarke, Roger Hayden, Graham Johncock, Aaron Davey, Shaun Burgoyne, Chance Bateman and Nathan Lovett-Murray.
AFLPA chief executive Matt Finnis says he wants players to lead successful lives on and off the field.