• The City has entered into a pilot partnership with Clontarf Foundation
  • 2024 Clontarf Cup hosted in Perth CBD for first time on 20th March
  • More than 200 young Indigenous men from across WA will travel to Perth to compete

The City of Perth has struck a historic one-year partnership with the Clontarf Foundation, investing in the future of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.
The Clontarf Foundation was established in 2000 to give greater opportunities to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men through education, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects. 
Today the foundation supports more than 11,500 boys in 158 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Since 2000, Clontarf has helped more than 6,000 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men complete Year 12 and find employment.
Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the partnership exemplifies the City’s commitment to reconciliation and community empowerment.
“Clontarf is an amazing organisation that invests in and provides opportunities and motivation for young men to attend school, finish Year 12 and enter the workforce,” Mr Zempilas said.
“It’s no secret sport in particular footy has been a huge passion of mine since I was a young man, and that’s largely due to its ability to unite and inspire, just as Clontarf does every day."
“It’s a great opportunity for the City of Perth to join this fantastic initiative and I look forward to seeing this partnership grow.”
The Clontarf Foundation CEO, Gerard Neesham said that the Clontarf Cup is a historic, annual carnival and we're excited to inaugurate our new partnership with the City of Perth by hosting the event in Langley Park.
“This collaboration offers numerous opportunities for the young men in our programme to improve their self-esteem, attend school more regularly, complete Year 12 and ultimately transition into employment or further studies. The Foundation is thankful for the support of the City of Perth and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”
The annual 2024 Clontarf Cup will be hosted in Perth CBD for the first time on Wednesday 20 March. 
More than 200 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men from Clontarf academies across Western Australia will travel to the city to compete in the 18th annual cup at Langley Park.
“The Clontarf Cup is always an exciting spectacle of teamwork and talent, and I can’t wait to see these future stars in action,” Mr Zempilas said.


Issued by: Heidi Jiang, media@cityofperth.wa.gov.au