Partnership investment combined with the wisdom, vision and passion of AFL great Michael Long will deliver a new state-of-the-art learning and leadership centre for young Territorians.
In Darwin last Wednesday, Federal Ministers Simon Crean and Warren Snowdon joined NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson, Michael Long, the AFL and NT Senator Trish Crossin to announce $15 million for the Michael Long NT Thunder Learning and Leadership Centre.
The Michael Long centre will include state of the art facilities including:
Essendon great Michael Long said the new academy will assist young Territorians to become strong role models, having a positive influence on their peers.
"The Learning and Leadership Centre has been my dream for many years, and it will be a place where Territory kids can come to learn in a safe, modern environment but where they will also be immersed in footy, as it is our love of our national sport that unites us all," Long said.
"The centre will become a vital focal point for young Indigenous Territorians, equipping them with the skills to become leaders."
Construction on the new centre will begin in coming months, and is scheduled for completion late next year.
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