Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Minister calls on support for South West Football Academy

    27/10/2006 11:55 AM

    South-West Minister Norm Marlborough is urging business to get behind the introduction of a South-West Football Academy run by the Clontarf Foundation, to be set up in Bunbury next year.

    “The Football Academy program has an outstanding record in providing positive education and employment outcomes for young indigenous students across the State,” Mr Marlborough said.

    The State Government has committed $150,000 and the Commonwealth Government $50,000 to the South-West Academy, but support is needed from the local community to ensure the future success of the program.

    The purpose of the academy is to retain young indigenous students in mainstream education until they complete Year 12 and then assist them in finding employment.

    “This program provides a link between sport and education, creating a pathway to future success for these young people,” the Minister said.

    Six football academies operate across the State at Waterford, Maddington, in the Goldfields, West Kimberley, Mid-West and Great Southern.

    With the addition of Bunbury and Kununurra in 2007, Football Academies will have about 600 students enrolled.

    “This program already has the runs on the board with a number of great AFL stars coming out under the training of Gerard Neesham whose vision and drive have brought the football academy concept to reality,” Mr Marlborough said.

    The South-West Academy will work in partnership with Newton Moore High School, which is taking enrolments for the start of the 2007 school year.

    The academy is expected to cost about $350,000 a year to run.

    “The model for this program relies on teamwork and local people need to get on board to support the Clontarf Foundation in introducing our local indigenous youth to the academy’s principle of ‘an employment outcome is a life outcome’,” Mr Marlborough said.

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