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The Clontarf football academy program is delivered by the Clontarf Foundation a not for profit organisation whose aim is to help improve the health, employment, education and life skills of Australia's young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
The program is delivered through a network of academies, in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory, each of which operates in partnership (but independent of) a school or college. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled at school are eligible to attend the academies.
The academies provide a comprehensive approach of supportive relationships, a welcoming environment and a diverse range of activities. Through these activities the students develop imporved self-esteen and confidence. Academy activities are planned with a focus on:
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 and NRL players), act as mentors and trainers who address many of the negatives impacting on participants' lives.
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The Clontarf Foundation
Bentley WA 6102
PO Box 517
Victoria Park WA 6979
Ph: (08) 9356 2500
Fax: (08) 9356 2555