About the
Tjindu Aboriginal AFL Academy

Leveraging the appeal of Australian Football, Tjindu facilitates a specialised cultural and curriculum-based program catering to the interests and learning needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander senior school students.

The program invites a squad of 60 students (30 boys and 30 girls) into the Academy where they attend a once-per-week education, cultural and football/fitness training day at Tjindu HQ in Port Adelaide.

Academy completion constitutes part of the Aboriginal Studies (Stage 1 or Stage 2) or Integrated Learning Subject (Stage 1) as part of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

The Aboriginal AFL Academy is run in partnership with the Government of South Australia’s Department for Education and our other program partners.



Students will complete units in either Aboriginal Studies (Stage 1 or 2) or Integrated Learning Subject (Stage 1) as part of their SACE.


Students have access to employment opportunities via Tjindu Foundation program partners through career advice workshops and expos, , career expos, resume preparation and employment skills, employer linkages and post-program Academy transition support.

Meet our graduates

The Aboriginal AFL Academy program has supported the secondary education of students who have gone on to play Australian Football at the highest level.

Program Outline

The Tjindu Aboriginal AFL Academy is facilitated weekly on Tuesdays from 8:30am-3:30pm in line with the school terms for 35 weeks.

Program Partners

The Tjindu Foundation thanks the following Program Partners for their support. If you are interested in partnering with the academy, please contact us.

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