The 2019 AFL Rio Tinto Footy Means Business Program begins in Perth and will run for six days.
Currently in its ninth year, the 2019 AFL Rio Tinto Footy Means Business program brings together a squad of 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men aged 18 to 24 years from across the country to participate in a six-day camp.
Participants will take part in several skill development sessions, including cultural awareness activities, football training and education and employment seminars with Rio Tinto.
In addition, players will take part in an exhibition match at Secrest Park Sporting Field on Friday April 5 where they will have the opportunity to showcase their skills on the football field.
Former Western Bulldogs player Brett Goodes and local West Australian footballer Shayne Taylor have been selected as head coaches of each representative squad.
The camp is the first of two Rio Tinto Footy Means Business camps to be held this year, with the second camp to be held in Melbourne from May 21-26 in the lead up to the 2019 Toyota AFL Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
To be selected for the AFL Rio Tinto Footy Means Business Program, candidates must be:
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- Not engaged in AFL or Second Tier competition
- Employed (part time or apprenticeship), undertaking education/training or be involved in community programs
- Aspirational and display leadership qualities
2019 Rio Tinto Footy Means Business Victorian participants:
Tommy Corrigan, Jy Lambley, Kyle Lambley, Peter Clarke, Joshua Chatfield, Billyjack Smith, Jai Nadjamerrek, Kyle Thomas, Yemurraki Egan, Sanipepa Egan, William Smith