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Members of the Probus Club of Darwin recently visited the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre (MLLLC), which was officially opened on March 13, 2015.

The MLLLC is designed to give young Indigenous Territorians, from over 47 communities, the same opportunities as their non-Indigenous peers through the power of AFL football in the Northern Territory. The programs aim to weave the Indigenous connection to football with education outcomes in alignment with personal and cultural dreams.

The MLLLC Education Program encompasses 15 weeks of community-based education and leadership lessons and a one-week education residential program at the MLLLC. AFLNT’s team of Remote Development Managers support the delivery of the community-based elements of these programs.

The programs focus on improving school attendance, behaviour and the importance of completing secondary education. The program includes AFL-themed literacy and numeracy lessons, team-building activities, healthy lifestyle education and AFL sport, training and mentoring sessions.

The program simulates a short-term boarding school experience and includes visits to, and engagement in, classes at local Darwin boarding schools, visits to parliament house, the museum, beaches and other local attractions. These programs are to help develop student confidence and awareness of activities and opportunities.