Sharks Support Programs
2013 Official Charity Partners
National Charity Partner
Local Charity Partner
A program has been developed for the independent living skills division of CSATTS. The programs aim is to develop independent living skills in the Indigenous sector for those who are at potential risk of homelessness. The program is designed by the Sharks working with case managers from the CSATTS team who target homelessness prevention. This program will be initially rolled out to Indigenous students who are on the verge of moving out from a hostel or home who are currently in high school to educate them through a four week program. The program covers many components including, healthy eating, cooking classes, methods of applying for tenancy or a mortgage, transportation and basic living out of home skills required. The Sharks football squad are involved to help roll out this program through mentoring, advice & for some players sharing their transition from the city to the bush stories as young players.
The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Sutherland PCYC has teamed up and designed an educational and motivational program aimed at engaging young males who are interested in Rugby League using current Cronulla -Sutherland Sharks NRL players as mentors. The aim is to get young people to set positive goals for themselves and get them more active in life by facilitating educational and sporting workshops.
The students participate in educational sessions and physical activity sessions at the PCYC and the Sharks home ground, Toyota Park. During the course of the program the Sharks players will talk to young people about life choices, setting and achieving goals, the importance of following plans, health and fitness, committing to team work and the importance of attending school. The police officers and guest speakers present crime prevention workshops, and other educational sessions
Kick for Kids
Kick 4 Kids is an fun day out for kids to exercise, have fun, meet new friends, whilst raising much needed funds for kids in need. It was first established by Dean Gillard & the Cronulla-Caringbah J.R.L.F.C. and is now in its 9th year in 2012. The concept of the day is kids get out onto the field, kick footballs all day, and have fun.
Fun non-competitive games are organised by the Kick 4 Kids Team of volunteers for the kids to rotate around and participant in. Although rugby league orientated you do not need to play or have a background in rugby league to participate. The day is open to both boys & girls aged between 8-14 yrs old.
Each year the NRL Sharks support this day and for a portion of the day the players turn up to have a kick with the kids. This is a HUGE highlight for the kids, to say they kicked and passed a footy with their heroes. The day also gives the kids an opportunity to “kick a goal on Shark Park”. An opportunity that many kids only dream of happening.
DPF - Indigenous Bush Mentoring Program
The David Peachey Foundation will be conducting a Cultural Immersion, Youth Leadership and Mentoring Camp in Wiradjuri, Barkanji and Ngemba country (outback NSW).
Local indigineous boys are invite you to take part in this unique experience as a reward for their positive contributions to school, community, family and/or sporting groups.
During the camp they will experience Indigenous culture and history through site visits, stories and activities including bush tucker, bush medicine and rock art. Mentoring from camp facilitators and Indigenous Elders will
Endeavour Aboriginal Mentoring Program
When Aboriginal students come to ESHS, our goal is to individually case-manage them in learning, cultural initiatives and transition to further education and employment. Jeff is a positive male role model and an excellent mentor. He has built respectful relationships with the students as he sees them on a regular basis.
Jeff has organised and accompanied both junior and senior students on some outstanding excursions eg the Sydney University experiential day and the AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience). Each Tuesday afternoon he conducts the Strong Brother cultural program where he works with representatives from the South East Area Health Service.
Eat Well Play Well Stay Well/Rugby League Reads
The Sharks proudly supports these One Community program initiatives. Students learn about living a healthy lifestyle and the importance of reading.
The Key messages of Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well are:
EAT WELL means eating a healthy variety of foods every day
PLAY WELL means being active and enjoying yourself at the same time
STAY WELL means being happy, relaxed and comfortable with yourself and others.
Rugby League Reads engages students in reading, provides teachers with practical literacy resources, and provides positive messages about reading.
• Promote living a healthy lifestyle and the importance of education.
• Encourage smart lifestyle choices, committing to teamwork, setting goals and participating in sport.
• Educate on the topics of health, peer pressure and consequences of actions
• Close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous population
• Teach leadership, communication, organisational skills and respect for each other