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Johnathan Thurston Launches National Academy

Published on 12 Jul 2018

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He is Australia’s most celebrated and award winning Rugby League player and Johnathan Thurston (JT) is just as well-known for his passion for helping young people and his desire to see them succeed.

In February this year JT announced the launch of his new passion, establishing the JT Academy to support young people through learning, healthy living and employment.

The JT Academy will develop and deliver high quality programs to individuals, backed by major community and industry partnerships to support each student to strive for their personal, learning and career goals.

Johnathan says the Academy idea grew from his involvement in encouraging young people and sharing his life experience with indigenous, disadvantaged and minority students who need mentoring, support and the fostering their talents.

“I have been really fortunate to have had good mentors, coaches and guidance throughout my career and I know how much it matters to young people to have self-confidence and self-belief. I wanted to create a results focused Academy with programs that equip students with the skills and understanding to grasp opportunities that come along – whether they are looking for a job, training or someone who believes in them,” Johnathan said.

“The JT Academy team is highly experienced and I will be closely involved in mentoring and working with kids throughout the country – that’s what matters to me, I’m really excited about it and that it has never been done before, in this manner.”

The Academy has big goals for 2018 and beyond – its vision is to share the inspiring and uplifting approach that JT has for success, leadership and teamwork. The Academy will be able to reach out to students throughout Australia and support them the way that each person needs most.

The Academy’s partnerships with major business leaders are providing Australian-first programs, including a unique fully functional job board and employment zone with our major partner Lendlease.

Online learning across all industries by GO1 uses one of the most powerful learning platforms, and a dedicated youth zone for engaging and encouraging young people to aim high, plus a range of programs, are supported by core partners including Sony Music, Accor Hotels, Asics Australia, Ooh Media and Jimani Clothing.

Lendlease Building’s CEO, Dale Connor said the company is thrilled to be the major employment partner of the Academy to create employment opportunities for Queensland jobseekers.

“Through this partnership we have the opportunity to utilise our projects, assets and regional presence to create meaningful and long-term job opportunities for young people across Queensland,” he said.


Johnathan Thurston Academy pays the deepest respect to the Traditional Custodians of Country across Australia. We acknowledge and thank our Elders who demonstrated over 60,000 years of sustainable Indigenous business and ask them to guide us back on track to a more prosperous and purposeful future.

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