Our Mission

• The theme for the Aboriginal Power Cup for 2017 is Our Languages Matter. This theme encourages students to learn about their culture, what makes every language group unique and the importance of culture and identity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across our nation




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.


Participating students were invited to perform in a dance ceremony spectacle at Adelaide Oval before the Power’s Round 9 clash with West Coast


Marks the tenth year running of APC, with 450 students registered for the program across 41 schools in SA.


Our Languages Matter in 2017


2017 marks ten years of the Aboriginal Power Cup (APC), which is an early intervention strategy that uses football as a tool to engage Aboriginal secondary school students in their education and provide pathways to workforce participation.


Aboriginal culture and identity is a major component of the program, which is on display at the APC carnival.


The 2017 APC theme is Our Languages Matter. This theme encourages students to learn about their culture, what makes every language group unique and the importance of culture and identity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across our nation.


To support training and employment outcomes for our students, the APC is aligned with the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and participating students are required to complete one of two SACE Units (either Stage 1 or Stage 2 Integrated Learning) by completing curriculum work throughout the program.


Integrated Learning subjects draw links between aspects of a student’s life and their learning.  Students apply skills and knowledge to a ‘real-world’ task or event that leads to a specific learning purpose or outcome. These subjects facilitate collaboration and teamwork, and develop capabilities such as communication and leadership skills.


Students use the curriculum tasks as a basis for learning new skills linked to education and healthy living that will encourage continuation of education and positive life choices


The APC program culminates with a football round-robin carnival held at Allan Scott Power Headquarters in Alberton. The carnival includes cultural and personal development workshops and a career and lifestyle expo in addition to football matches


The grand final matches of the 2017 APC will be played as a curtain raiser to the Port Adelaide v Hawthorn Round 11 clash at Adelaide Oval on Thursday 1 June.

Our Languages Matter


Photos from APC

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

Connect With Us

Stay up to date with all of our Power Aboriginal Programs by liking the facebook page.  You can also get in touch by email at Community@pafc.com.au

Preparing students for a successful working life when they finish school

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