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Clontarf football academy

 

Overview

The Clontarf Foundation is a not for profit organisation whose aim is to help improve the health, employment, education and life skills of Australia's teenaged male Indigenous population.

The Foundation believes that failure to experience achievement when young, coupled with a position of under privilege can lead to alienation, anger and thence to more serious consequences. As a prelude to tackling these and other issues, participants are first provided with an opportunity to succeed and hence to raise their self esteem. The vehicle for achieving this outcome is Australian Rules Football.

The Foundation's programs are delivered through a network of 36 academies, in WA, NT and Victoria, each of which operates in partnership (but independent of) a school or college. Football is used to attract teenaged Aboriginal men to school and then keep them there. In order to remain in the program, participants must continue to work at school and embrace the objectives of the Foundation. As well as delivering a football program, Academy staff (many of whom are ex- AFL players), act as mentors and trainers who address many of the negatives impacting on participants' lives.

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Contacts

The Clontarf Foundation
Central Office
22 Thorogood Street
Burswood WA 6100
Ph: (08) 9472 1111
Fax: (08) 9472 1155
Email: vvanderweide@clontarffoundation.com.au

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Last updated: 15 November 2013
 
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