West Kimberley Clontarf Academy
Purpose and what we do
The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.
Using the passion that Aboriginal boys have for football allows Clontarf to attract the boys to school. But it is not a sporting program.
Each Clontarf Academy, formed in partnership with the local school, is focussed on encouraging behavioural change, developing positive attitudes, assisting students to complete school and secure employment. Fundamental to this, is the development of values, skills and abilities that will assist the boys to achieve better life outcomes.
Through a diverse mix of activities, the full-time, local Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students while the school caters for the educational needs of each student.
Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys on the campus of the Clontarf Aboriginal College in Perth, Western Australia in 2000, the Foundation has grown rapidly and has been consistently successful.
The Foundation now caters for over 2,500 boys in 45 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory and Victoria.
Academy members are not selected on football ability, though obviously most of those attracted to the academy have some aptitude for the game. In order to remain in the academy members must consistently endeavour to:
- Attend school regularly
- Apply themselves to the study of appropriates courses
- Embrace the Academy’s requirements for behaviour and self-discipline
Slade Sibosado (Operations Officer) and Ben De Meo (Operations Officer)