The Board of the Charles Perkins Soccer Academy met for the first time on Friday in Sydney.
Those present included Charles Perkins Academy Chairman Professor John Maynard, Football Director Frank Farina, and Macarthur FC Chairman Rabieh Krayem, as well as other Board members.
The Board affirmed the vision of the Academy is to contribute to reconciliation through football, and to do so by bringing people together.
“Indigenous football development has been fragmented for too long with very few outcomes for young Indigenous people,” said Professor Maynard.
“We want to address that through collaboration and cooperation throughout the football community, and with one voice.”
The Academy will host a national Indigenous Football Forum on 30 March 2020 at Campbelltown, to which all football and other stakeholders will be invited.
The Board also heard of progress to date by Farina in building relationships with existing programs and initiatives in Queensland and Victoria.
“We are starting our work from scratch, and will spend the coming months on consultation, research and strategy development ahead of our Forum in March,” Maynard said.
“We are very excited with the opportunity to make some lasting change and contribution through the Charles Perkins Academy.”
Maynard said the Board is grateful for the support of the Walker Corporation, Western Sydney University and the City of Campbelltown.