Now in it's second year, the ARA First Nations Foundations program has been in full swing over the past few months, with programs running across Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Central Coast and Shellharbour.  

The 10-week sporting program aims to increase participation and involvement of First Nations People right across our game, from playing to coaching and administration, as well as identify those with the physical capabilities and character to become high-performing athletes.

The program incorporates mental health and cultural education sessions with strategically planned technical and tactical training led by experienced staff. It’s delivered in a culturally safe and inclusive environment, fostering a greater sense of belonging and connection to AFL and the broader Sydney Swans family.


Sydney Swans CEO Tom Harley said ahead of the launch of it's second year, proud to be building on the work from year one of the program.

“The ARA First Nations Foundations is an opportunity for us to engage not only the kids, but their broader communities. I’m excited to see the potential stars of tomorrow flourish and reach their potential,” Harley said.

“We would like to thank ARA for its support to help make the program possible.”

See photos from some of the program below.