Supporting Education and Experiences
Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for over 5,600 boys in 92 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
The Foundation uses the existing passion that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys have for football to attract them into school and keep them there. The programmes are delivered through a network of football academies established in partnership with local schools. Any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander male enrolled at the school is eligible to participate in the Clontarf Academy.
Clontarf’s academies provide an important school-engagement mechanism for many at-risk students who would otherwise not attend or have low school attendance.
Shane Kiely from the Clontarf Foundation said:
"Since 2007, the Clontarf Foundation has received incredible support from Quintis who are one of our longer serving private sector partners."
The support back then was directed towards our Great Southern Clontarf Academy (Albany, WA) however as both our organisations have grown, the support has also increased to now encompass our East Kimberley Clontarf Academy (Kununurra, WA) and Katherine Clontarf Academy in the Northern Territory. In 2017, these three Academies have a combined total of 311 young Indigenous men enrolled in the programme of which, 22 are currently in Year 12 – preparing for life after school. We look forward to further expanding our localised connection with Quintis when we commence inaugural operations in Townsville later this year,” said Mr Kiely.
Full time, locally based Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues while the school caters for their educational needs.
Using a comprehensive approach of supportive relationships, a welcoming environment, and a diverse range of activities, the students develop improved self-esteem and confidence.
Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, healthy lifestyles, life skills and football.
In order to remain in the programme, participants must continue to work at school and embrace the objectives of the Foundation. Upon completing the programme, graduates are helped to find employment. Specialist Employment Officers are engaged to do this and provide support until graduates become comfortable with their new jobs and surroundings.
The Foundation’s approach has been very successful, not only in attracting young men to school and retaining them but also in having them embrace more disciplined, purposeful and healthy lifestyles.