The Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre (MLLLC) education program is an AFL initiative designed to improve educational outcomes for remote Indigenous children. Since the establishment of the MLLLC in 2015 more than 550 students have participated in the MLLLC education program.
Using football as a vehicle to increase school attendance, students engage in a 15-week community leadership program. Following this, select students are invited to participate in the one-week MLLLC education residential program based on their school attendance (80%) and good behaviour. The program is currently delivered to students between the ages of 12 - 13.
The program has an AFL focused curriculum, which involves activities in literacy and numeracy in line with the National Australian Curriculum. The programs are themed on the AFL values: Leadership, Be Healthy, Play Fair, Play as a Team and Help Others. Additional education sessions focusing on health, road safety and strong communities are also key elements of the program.
Students engage in AFL fitness testing, umpiring and coaching sessions. NT Thunder players and the NT based AFLW Crows players support the program by taking a leading role as mentors in the program.
The program highlights the importance of education and the need for children to complete secondary school. The program simulates a short-term boarding school experience and includes visits to, and engagement in, classes at local Darwin boarding schools.
The MLLLC education program is facilitated by our Education Coordinator and our team of Remote Development Managers (RDMs) who staff AFLNT’s nationally significant remote football programs.
The MLLLC is currently delivering the program to students in the following areas. Tiwi Islands, Maningrida, Elcho Island, Ramingining, Gapuwiak, Groote Eylandt, Ngukurr, Minyerri, Borroloola, Wadeye, Lajamanu, Hermannsburg and Canteen Creek.