The Adelaide Football Club is committed to engaging and empowering Indigenous youth, through the promotion of positive health and wellbeing outcomes. Through the delivery of specific programs, the Club encourages and supports young Indigenous Australians in making positive changes to their lives and developing the skills to maintain positive decisions in their future.
The McLeod Centre of Excellence, led by Club legend Andrew McLeod and wife Rachael, delivers programs to meet student needs through each stage of their high school education. Our dedicated and passionate team of professionals, work closely with the students, families and schools on a regular basis, to inspire, motivate, and empower youth to achieve their potential.
Our vision is to engage, equip and empower young Indigenous Australians to embrace their future – strong, confident and proud.
For further information or to register your interest in the AFC's Indigenous Programs:
Phone: (08) 8440 6698 or 8440 6659
The Ready Set Crow Program, supported by the Australian Government's Remote School Attendance Strategy, provides boarding school opportunities to secondary students from the APY Lands and Far West Coast.
The RSC Project, in partnership with Wiltja Residential, encourages students and their families to experience short term stays in Adelaide, with transitional support and guidance provided by both the AFC and Wiltja teams. Students experience life in a metropolitan high school, at Wiltja Boarding, and participate in leadership and mentoring sessions at the Adelaide Football Club.
Targeting remote students in years five to eight, the RSC team directly engages, mentors and supports students and their families, with their educational endeavours, and their social and emotional wellbeing.
The McLeod Challenge Program involves an interschool 9-a-side football competition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and boys in years seven, eight and nine.
The Challenge is aimed at providing participants with an enjoyable round robin competition that builds relationships, facilitates teamwork and develops communication and leadership skills.
The Challenge engages students and schools through annual regional and metropolitan Challenges, culminating in the opportunity to play in the curtain raiser Grand Final on AFL Indigenous Round.
The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program supports students in year 10 with improved school attendance, SACE completion, leadership development, employment opportunities and future pathways.
IYL students are engaged in four camp based experiences each year, incorporating a Certificate II in Business, specialist guest speakers, and other educational opportunities in leadership, mentoring, identity, sport and wellbeing. Most importantly, the Business Certificate (a nationally recognised qualification), facilitates SACE completion by providing students with up to 25% of their SACE requirements.
In 2016, high schools participating in the IYL Program include: Woodville, Windsor Gardens, Modbury, Westminster, Victor Harbour, Salisbury and St Michael’s College.
The Future Leaders Program provides continued mentoring and educational support to students in years 11 and 12, upon completion of the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.
Future Leader students are provided with the opportunity to further their studies by completing a Certificate III in Business, thereby receiving further credits towards their South Australian Certificate of Education. Completing the Certificate III in Business, provides FL students with further credits of up to 30% of their SACE requirements.
The Future Leaders Program, in partnership with Maxima, provides students with weekly educational support, promotes employment opportunities and pathways, and facilitates leadership skill development, as students act as peer mentors for the next generation of IYL students.
The AFC Scholarship Program supports the educational aspirations of young Indigenous Australians, through the provision of greater access to secondary school boarding opportunities.
The Scholarship Program, in partnership with Westminster and Wiltja Residential, aims to improve educational outcomes by providing positive learning experiences with ongoing education and mentoring support.
AFC Scholarship students are offered the chance to develop to their full potential, receiving unprecedented levels of support, guidance and exposure to the McLeod Centre of Excellence programs and educational opportunities throughout their boarding school journey.