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Solid Spirit – Immanuel College

Best Guernsey - Ceduna Area School   Motor Accident Commission Best Commercial – Christies Beach HS

Best Football Team GirlsPort Lincoln HS

Best Football Team Boys - Salisbury HS Best War-Cry – Christies Beach  Curriculum Award - Riverland

 Staff Leadership Award - Murray Bridge


APC 2016 Grand Final - Girls

Christies Beach vs Murray bridge


APC 2016 Grand Final - Boys

Mawsons Lakes Campus vs Murray Bridge





There were 17 different information booths over the two days at Alberton. These provided participating students information on potential future career options as well as further education post high school.



The Aboriginal Power Cup Award Ceremony was held in the Uni SA lecture theatre for all students, this is where the points from the 2 days of events at Alberton were tallied and the grand finalist who would play on Adelaide Oval were announced.



41 different schools traveled from all over the state to compete in the Aboriginal Power Cup in 2016. From these schools 9 a side teams were made up who competed in a round robin competition. Along with these football games there was a host of team building activities which the teams were required to complete.




Partners of Aboriginal Power Cup





Our Mission

• The theme for the Aboriginal Power Cup for 2016 is Powerful Futures - Your Future, Yours for the Taking. This theme encourages students to understand that the world is what you make it and it’s up to you to take your future into your own hands and take the next step from school and straight into employment or further education.




Australia’s game is an engaging team sport that inspires those who play and watch it all over the country. The Aboriginal Power Cup uses football to engage young Aboriginal secondary school students in their education and provide pathways into the workforce.

The Aboriginal Power Cup helps participating students connect with their Aboriginal culture, community and environment. It also educates on how culture shapes identity, especially in the transition from adolescence to adulthood and from school into further education or employment.

The Aboriginal Power Cup improves school attendance and retention rates. Students receive the SACE Integrated Learning Unit for completing the program’s academic component and gain valuable skills to successfully transition into further education, training and employment.

"Through the Aboriginal Power Cup we want to provide students with the skills, resilience and motivation to stay the course at High School to give them the best opportunity for future success." - Keith Thomas (CEO)

About Us


Our Story


History of Aboriginal Power Cup


• The Aboriginal Power Cup launches with 133 students from six participant schools.


Ten schools and 231 students taking part in the second season.


The program evolves with 17 schools and 283 students participating. This is the first time the Aboriginal Power Cup aligns with school curriculum for students in Years 10-12 by delivering SACE Integrated Learning Units.

Santos also signs a three-year agreement as major sponsor of the Aboriginal Power Cup and assists in delivering education and employment pathways.


The Attorney General’s Department enters a new three-year funding agreement with to help the program grow through to the end of 2013.


24 schools and 285 students from across South Australia participate in the Aboriginal Power Cup. Power Community Ltd aligns the program to the AFL’s Indigenous Round, with finals played as curtain raisers at Football Park. Santos extends its major partnership of the Aboriginal Power Cup until the

end of 2016.


Aboriginal Power Cup now reaches 35 schools and 385 students.


Growth continues with 392 students registered across 36 participating schools.


412 students registered across 41 schools with a 96 percent completion rate. The University of South Australia also forms a scholarship for Aboriginal Power Cup students.

Your Future, Yours For the Taking in 2016


The Aboriginal Power Cup celebrates nine years in 2016 as the longest-running and most successful early intervention strategy for Aboriginal secondary school students in the AFL industry.


From 133 students across six participating schools, it now reaches nearly 500 students from more than 40 schools in metropolitan and regional South Australia.


Through engaging students through football, the Aboriginal Power Cup is able to assist in improving school performance and retention rates – more than 9 in 10 students complete the academic component of the program.


In 2016, the Aboriginal Power Cup evolves again into translating the strong in-school outcomes of the program into viable employment and training opportunities through Power Community Ltd’s Powerful Futures program.


Powerful Futures works with Power Community Ltd partners to provide work placement opportunities for graduates of its programs, including Aboriginal Power Cup.


It’s an incentive unparalleled in the AFL industry.


While students continue to celebrate their academic achievements by playing in the annual 9-a-side football carnival at Alberton Oval, and watching as the Aboriginal Power Cup grand finals are played as curtain raisers to the Round 8 Port Adelaide-West Coast Eagles match at the Adelaide Oval, it is the satisfaction of earning a SACE unit that many students acknowledge is the best part of the Aboriginal Power Cup.


Through learning about their cultural identity and having an active hand in team-building activities, students are able to use the Aboriginal Power Cup to develop the skills they need to succeed upon finishing school.


Powerful Futures: Your Future, Yours for the Taking


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Preparing students for a successful working life when they finish school

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