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Media Release

New Sports Academies for Indigenous Students

13 March 2007

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today announced that new school-based sports academies for Indigenous students will aim to engage, motivate and lead them into lifelong learning.

“Thirteen innovative academies drawing students from secondary schools, including remote areas, will begin operating in five States and Territories over the next few months,” Minister Bishop said.

“Working within schools, the academies will provide male and female students with a wide range of courses through a variety of sports. Studies will focus on healthy lifestyles, leadership, career planning and sports including football, netball and basketball.

“The emphasis is on using sport to motivate students to achieve at school, thus opening the door to future opportunity.

“About 1600 Indigenous secondary school students will participate in 2007 and 2008 and we expect this number to increase steadily in the future.

“The academies are a key element of the Australian Government’s four-year $19.6 million Sporting Chance Programme, announced in May 2006," Minister Bishop said.

The Programme will deliver 20 academies to 2009. Round Two, later in 2007, will fund another seven academies.

In addition the education engagement strategies element of the Sporting Chance Programme was also announced by the Minister today.

This element of the Programme will be delivered from 2007 and provide sport and recreation based strategies for Indigenous primary and secondary students that support improved educational engagement.

For a list of the school-based sports academies see attached sheet.

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 9275

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The school-based sports academies are:

z Role Models WA Sporting Academy, Perth, WA

z Clontarf South West Football Academy, Bunbury, WA

z Clontarf East Kimberley Football Academy, Kununurra, WA

z Clontarf Alice Springs Football Academy, Alice Springs, NT

z National Aboriginal Sports Corporation Australia Sporting Chance Academy - South

Sydney, NSW z Macquarie Fields Indigenous AFL Academy, western Sydney, NSW

z Girri Girri Sports Academy for Indigenous Students, Bathurst, including outreach

arrangements with Kelso, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cowra, Condobolin and Orange, NSW z Blacktown Indigenous AFL Academy, western Sydney, NSW

z Eagle Edge Academy of Sport, Cunnamulla, Qld

z Djarragun Sports Academy, Gordonvale, Qld

z Leroy Loggins Basketball Academy, south west Brisbane, including Runcorn and

Woodridge, Qld z Sports Academy for Catholic Colleges, Townsville, including outreach arrangements

with Ingham, Ayr, Mt Isa and Charters Towers, Qld z Rostrevor Community Sports Academy, Adelaide, SA