The Clontarf Academy exists to improve education, discipline, life skills, self‐esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate meaningfully in society. These outcomes are achieved through the medium of football.
Clontarf Academies are formed in association with selected schools and colleges. Each Academy’s football program attracts young Aboriginal men to school and then helps to retain them. Any Aboriginal male enrolled at the College is eligible to participate in the Clontarf Academy. As well as conducting the football program, Academy staff mentor and counsel Academy members on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues while the College caters for their specific educational needs.
Academy members are not only selected on football ability, although many 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 appropriate courses.
- Embrace the requirements for behaviour and self‐discipline.
Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, healthy lifestyles and football. The Clontarf Academy is available Monday to Friday during school terms.