The Bombers have been blessed with the outstanding contributions of Indigenous talent for several decades, and remain committed to fostering the next generation of Indigenous talent through its new Indigenous academy Ngaalang Miya.

Targeted at Indigenous boys and girls in north-west metro Melbourne, Ngaalang Miya is an eight-week football development and leadership program run at The Hangar from April to June (schedule below).

The program aims to get Indigenous kids actively involved in community football, while accelerating their development on and off the field.

It can also lead to spots in the club's Daniher Squad or James Hird Academy, and the AFL's Indigenous development programs (Flying Boomerangs for boys, Woomeras for girls).

See the 2020 schedule for Ngaalang Miya below. All sessions start at 5pm and finish at 6:30pm at The Hangar, home of Essendon FC.

2020 schedule

Week 1: Monday, April 20 at The Hangar

- Welcome and information session for parents and players
- Smoking ceremony run by Kellie Hunter
- Apparel handout (playing jumper, training top)
- Talk from Essendon player/coach and/or Aboriginal wellbeing officer
- Tour of facility

Week 2: Monday, April 27 at The Hangar

- Football development
- Team values and social media session

Week 3: Monday, May 4 at The Hangar

- Football development
- The Long Walk - cultural awareness session

Week 4: Monday, May 11 at The Hangar

- Football development
- Nutrition and injury prevention session

Week 5: Monday, May 16 (Dreamtime week)

- Team activity at Bounce

Week 6: Monday, May 25 at The Hangar

- Football development
- Umpiring session with David Rodan

Week 7: Monday, June 1 at The Hangar

- Football development
- Goal-setting session with Nova Peris and traditional Aboriginal games
- Graduation dinner

Week 8: TBC

- Indigenous Academy v African Academy