About the KickStart Championships
The KickStart Championships is an expansion of the annual KickStart camp which involves 50 participants. Players are selected through State KickStart camps on leadership qualities, school attendance, community involvement and football ability. In addition to the best performing teams playing in a curtain-raiser, 25 players are selected for the Flying Boomerangs squad which plays exhibition games during the Oceania Cup.
About the KickStart Program
The KickStart program uses Australian football as a vehicle for education, employment, health and participation outcomes for Indigenous people. The KickStart program and Championships provide further development opportunities for other parts of the football industry such as umpiring, coaching and administration with local Indigenous people engaged in these leadership positions for each team. In 2011, the Championships were held at the Gold Coast for the first time.
During the Championships participants also meet Indigenous AFL players and engage in leadership seminars.
The participants are 14 -15 years of age and selected from KickStart Championships.
U23 Rio Tinto Footy Means Business Program
Each year, the Rio Tinto Footy Means Business program provides talent and employment opportunities for 50 young Indigenous men from all over Australia. The program consists of two camps held in May and November. During the program participants are exposed to the routine of a professional AFL player, including high performance testing, training and conditioning. The men are also introduced to potential career opportunities with AFL corporate partners. Between camps, participants are assigned a mentor and are required to undertake a personal development project in their community.
The AFL and Rio Tinto have set a 100% target for participants to be engaged in employment/education or training at the completion of the program.