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Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara throws its support behind APY Thunder Print E-mail

By David Couzner
June 10, 2016

Skill Hire and its valued partner, the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) are proud to announce that the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Executive council met on June 9, and have thrown their full support and endorsement behind APY Lands Football and the formation of the APY Thunder team.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Executive council have endorsed the program and can see the benefits it will bring to Anangu.

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) is incorporated by the 1981 Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act whereby the SA Parliament gave Aboriginal people title to more than 103,000 square kilometres of arid land in the far northwest of South Australia. The main communities on the Lands include: Indulkana, Mimili, Kaltjiti, Pukatja, Amata and Pipalyatjara. There are several homelands as well, the larger ones being Kalka, Kanpi and Nyapari.


Under the APY Land Rights Act, the Executive Board is the governing body of APY. Its 10 elected members are voted by the residents of the APY Lands. APY oversees the activities of the various constituent groups servicing the needs of the people of the Lands.

APY can see the benefits of the program and believe the development will assist the participants. The program has been developed to assist participants to overcome barriers, attend school every day if required, attend CDP activities when required, attend work if employed, refrain from community violence and taking children to school if they have caring responsibilities, etc.

The football program this year will see the APY Lands coaches being mentored by SANFL premiership coaches and the team mentored and trained by Woodville West Torrens Football Club league footballers in scheduled training sessions which allows for the interaction of knowledge and cultural exchanges. This type of interaction is invaluable in establishing lifelong relationships and skills that will benefit the players, coaches and the communities in which they reside.

The program also aligns to closing the gap; providing respect, unity and opportunity for Indigenous Australians.

Skill Hire would like to acknowledge and thank Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Council members for providing their support and sharing the APY Lands football teams vision.

APY Thunder Vs Alice Springs (Town and Country) Sunday 10th July at Traeger Park, Alice Springs
APY Thunder Vs Maralinga, Saturday 16th July at Adelaide Oval

To learn To learn more about this initiative, please contact:
David Couzner, General Manager
171 Main North Road Nailsworth SA 5083
Mobile: 0418 810 844
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