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Aboriginal Basketball Academy partnership

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The Aboriginal Basketball Academy (ABA) continues to support indigenous youths in South Australia to improve their educational outcomes and Cops for Kids continues to support ABA by donating $10,000, the final instalment in a three-year partnership.

The Academy exists to act as a pathway for Indigenous Year 10-12 students to develop themselves by participating in a basketball program, though the main emphasis is on attendance, participation, education, personal development, teamwork, leadership and community. 

The Aboriginal Basketball Academy was established in 2017 by a group of current and past Woodville District Basketball Club members including former coaches, players and life members.  In 2018, ABA partnered with the South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA) to strengthen the education outcomes of students. The Academy is assisted by a full-time teacher, an Aboriginal Mentor, and Aboriginal role models/mentors. The program is designed as a school retention program and aims to see graduating students transition into further study or meaningful employment.

All students are mentored to complete their schooling level and are exposed to higher education and employment programs, including the opportunity to work at SAPOL. 

The program is also supported by the South Australia Police Basketball Club (SAPBC) who regularly engage with Aboriginal Basketball Academy members on and off the court to strengthen ties between Indigenous youth, SAPOL and Cops for Kids members.

Information pertaining to the mission and goals of the Aboriginal Basketball Academy can be found at