2014 Aboriginal Power Cup - One Mob Leading Together
On the 22nd & 23rd of May, Better World Arts were involved in the Aboriginal Power Cup event at the Port Adelaide Football Club. The Aboriginal Power Cup involves Indigenous high school students from all over South Australia. Students from each school form 2 x 9 A-Side football teams; one boy’s team and one girl’s team. Games are then played at the Port Adelaide Football club over the two days. The event also involves individual and team-based activities. These activities aim to highlight sport, health, employment, culture and identity, as well as connecting students with community organisations and positive role models.
The program is based on key recommendations from Monsignor David Cappo’s report To Break the Cycle. Teams must have attended at least 80% of school to qualify for the APC carnival and to participate in the curtain raiser grand final. Students also gain credits towards their South Australian Certificate of Education by completing all of the tasks required for a Stage 1 Integrated Learning subject.
Better World Arts facilitated an activity which was focussed towards students connecting to their Aboriginal culture, community and environment. This was done through students painting individual and team flags, supplied by Better World Arts. Students were able to interact with Better World Arts artists Imiyari Adamson, Daisybell Kulyuru and Vernon, as well as collaborate with their peers, to paint designs which represented their own and team identities. All students were very engaged and an absolute pleasure to work with.
The finalists of the 9 A-Side football games played the curtain raiser at the Power Vs Hawthorn game at Adelaide Oval on Saturday 24 May 2014. Prior to the game, the teams marched through the streets of Adelaide, holding the Better World Arts flags and banners they had decorated. Overall, it was an extremely positive event, one which Better World Arts was and is very proud to be a part of.