Police wave the flag at Aboriginal Power Cup, SA

South Australia Police are proud to be involved in the Aboriginal Power Cup at Ethelton this week – the three-day football carnival at the centre of Port Adelaide Football Club’s flagship Aboriginal community program, according to SA Police.

About 380 school students – girls and boys – are travelling from across the state to participate in the nine-a-side event which starts tomorrow (Wednesday 6 June)

The Cup final will be played on Friday night (8 May) ahead of the Port Adelaide v Richmond game.

The event will see games played from 10am – 4.30pm tomorrow and 9am to 3pm on Thursday, with games starting every 30 minutes over eight ovals at Nazer Reserve in Adelaide’s western suburbs.

A range of SA Police volunteers, community constables and other police officers will be involved in the event, with probationary constables from various locations attending to help out as goal umpires.

The innovative program, which began in 2008, combines a SACE assessment unit with football, to encourage South Australian Aboriginal students in Years 10-12 to complete their secondary education, and move into further education, training and employment.

To participate in the event, students are expected to have an 80 per cent attendance rate and exemplary behaviour.

The football carnival also includes a career and lifestyle expo, cultural activities and personal development workshops.

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