AFL NSW/ACT Indigenous Academies use sport and recreation to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary and secondary school students to continue their education.
The AFL Indigenous Academies focus on educational, cultural and leadership outcomes in Western Sydney over two campuses, Blacktown and Campbelltown.
The aim of the academies is to encourage positive educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (boys and girls) using sport and recreation. Key indicators of success include:
· an increase in school attendance
· students’ strengthened engagement with school and improved attitudes to schooling
· improved achievement in student learning
· increased retention to Year 12 or its vocational equivalent, and
· greater parental and community involvement with the schools and students’ schooling
Netball NSW and AFL Indigenous Academies have joined together to deliver netball skill sessions to Indigenous students from Year 7 to Year 12 from the seven partner high schools including Rooty Hill, Plumpton, Doonside, Macquarie Fields, Sarah Redfern, James Meehan, and Ingleburn.