Since 2014, MAC has partnered with Power Community Limited to support the delivery of the Aboriginal Power Cup.
The Aboriginal Power Cup is a early intervention strategy that uses football to engage high school students in their education and provide pathways into the workforce. The program is very successful and involves more than 500 students from years 10 - 12.
The Aboriginal Power Cup is aligned with the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Participating students are required to complete one of two SACE Units (Stage 1) or (Stage 2) before traveling to Adelaide to partake in a Career and Lifestyle Expo as well as the football carnival. The football carnival concludes with two teams being selected to play in a curtain-raiser match for the Port Adelaide Football club on the iconic grounds of Adelaide Oval.
The curriculum includes a minimum of 10 education modules, all students must complete these units within the first half of the school year. MAC has worked closely with Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) to design a road safety module, ‘leadership in road safety’. To participate in the Aboriginal Power Cup students are required to complete the ‘leadership in road safety’ module by researching a road safety issue and designing a poster that communicates their learnings.
The partnership presents MAC with an important opportunity to communicate directly with indigenous youth through a structured and highly credited education program. This opportunity uses football to engage students in their local communities and in their native language.