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Date posted: 30 April 2012
Portland Central School in Lithgow, New South Wales, is benefiting from the talents of a full-time AFL SportsReady trainee.
The AFL SportsReady program is an employment and training program for young people who would like to enter the sports industry.
The trainee, Mr George Mackay, was a part of the AFL's Indigenous Academies multi-skill learning camp in 2011. He is undertaking a Certificate III in sport and recreation while working with Portland Central School.
Mr Mackay is responsible for running recess and lunch-time activities with the students from kindergarten to Year 12. He is also working with Indigenous students during class time to assist the school with its literacy and numeracy programs. During the school holidays, Mr Mackay assisted with running holiday programs and facilitating Auskick activities.
The AFL currently has five Indigenous Academies designed to increase school attendance, completion of year 12 and Indigenous participation in sport. Each academy has its own unique program to respond to local opportunities and needs. The academies are spread across Australia with one located in Queensland, two in New South Wales, and two in Victoria.
Source: Lithgow mercury