Gavin Wanganeen to coach the Aboriginal AFL Academies next season

Gavin Wanganeen has been announced as head coach of the Aboriginal AFL Academies for the 2022 season.

Indigenous youth foundation, Tjindu have announced the appointment of football great, Gavin Wanganeen as head coach of the 2022 Aboriginal AFL Academies. The academy will see students from years 10, 11 and 12 across SA from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds encompassing an alternative mode of education through culture and footy.

Tjindu Foundation was established to drive positive change for Aboriginal children across the community through cultural education and success in schooling that enables them to become future leaders. Having a footy legend like Wanganeen be a part of such as amazing initiative will give these kids something to aspire to and be encouraged by.

Their aim though AAA is is to facilitate a specialised cultural, athletic and curriculum-based program that provides an alternative to traditional modes of education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across South Australia. The Tjindu strengths-based method is designed to keep students positively engaged with their schooling.

Utilising a variety of experiences, opportunities and incentives, Tjindu not only provide an alternative mode of study for our young people but additionally mentor and guide students through completion of their secondary education and transition into further education (tertiary) or into meaningful, long term employment.

This announcement is sure to get many Indigenous children across the state excited to join the team, so if you or someone you know is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student and will be in years 10, 11 or 12 across SA in 2022 then check out the info on their upcoming trials.

What? 2022 Aboriginal AFL Academy trials

When? Friday 22nd October, 4.30pm-7pm and Saturday 23rd October, 9.30am-12.30pm

Where? Thebarton Oval, 1 Meyer St, Torrensville SA

Register via or by emailing [email protected]

For more info, check out the Tjindu Foundation Facebook page.

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