Sharks Have Heart, the community arm of the Cronulla Sharks, support numerous community events and initiatives each and every month.
From supporting NRL game day community partners, to player visits to schools, junior league and local Sutherland Shire sporting events, to providing donations to worthy causes and individuals, Sharks Have Heart has a fingerprint and involvement in numerous areas of the local community.
In spreading the word, while providing opportunity for people and organisations to request support and at the same time encouraging donations so as the important community work can be carried out, last month Sharks Have Heart launched its very own website - www.sharkshaveheart.com.au
The website showcases the four pillars of Sharks Have Heart, to Inspire, Grow, Educate and Engage, in addition to providing details on the programs that are currently being run, while also offering the opportunity to track where donations and contributions are being utilised.
Also, Sharks Have Heart now produces a monthly newsletter, detailing the work that has been done, the community visits undertaken and the donations and support provided, in keeping everyone up to date with all the most recent happenings.
Following is a snapshot of the April Edition of the Sharks Have Heart newsletter.
For those wanting to receive the monthly newsletter, head to the Sharks Have Heart website to register.
Capital Bluestone sign on as Platinum Partner of Sharks Have Heart
Sharks CEO, Barry Russell was proud to welcome Capital Bluestone as the inaugural Sharks Have Heart Platinum Partner during the month of April.
"Through this partnership with Capital Bluestone we will continue to make a significant contribution and a real difference to our community and be recognised as a world class community, game development and social impact organisation," Russell said.
"Capital Bluestone's support as Platinum Partner will allow us to grow and improve our community footprint and contribute important social capital to the Sutherland Shire."
In becoming the major partner of Sharks Have Heart, Capital Bluestone will assist the club in their efforts to grow the programs and initiatives that can have a lasting, real and positive impact for many years to come, building on what is already in place, while delivering new community programs into the future.
Shane Flanagan kicks off JRL coaching-mentoring visits
The Aquinas Colts was the first stop for Sharks Head Coach Shane Flanagan in kicking off his junior league coaching sessions.
Flanagan met with coaches and young players from Aquinas, the first week and the Engadine Dragons just last night, running through skills, drills and some advanced coaching methods, with his efforts an attempt at upskilling and increasing the enjoyment in the game for the players, while aiming to improve the ability and knowledge of the coaches involved.
The initial coaching session was part of an initiative instigated by Flanagan which will see him visit each Junior Rugby League Club in the Sutherland Shire over the next few months, where he will spend an evening coaching the clubs under 13's, 14's and 15's while mentoring the coaches.
Sharks support ANZAC Day ceremonies
The entire Sharks NRL squad were up and about before sunrise on ANZAC Day, attending the various Dawn Service ceremonies taking place throughout the Sutherland Shire.
Players were at the Sutherland, Miranda and Cronulla ANZAC Day Services, laying wreaths in remembering and paying their respects to those men and women to have served in the armed forces.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the club by Sharks NRL players at the three local areas sites on the day.
Sharks School holiday clinics
The popular Sharks School Holiday Clinics took place during the April holidays with over 100 in attendance at the Junior Jaws, Super Jaws and Mini Mermaids clinics and as always, plenty of footy fun was had by all.
Sharks NRL squad members Trent Hodkinson, James Segeyaro, Kurt Dillon, Edrick Lee and Jesse Ramien attended the Junior Jaws session.
Shire schools compete for the ET shield
The ET Shield, a 9-a-side rugby league competition for primary schools, managed by the Sharks and NRL development, was contested at the Barden Ridge fields during April.
Over 40 teams, representing 12 local Sutherland Shire primary schools, took part in both senior and junior divisions, with appearances from former Shark and current Footy Show personality Beau Ryan, along with 2018 NRL squad members, adding to the festivities.
Stay tuned for the launch and unveiling of two significant Sharks Have Heart initiatives early next month.
One is a SHH program engaging and supporting a very special group within the local community, the other a resource which is set to become a valuable asset to schools and to school children.
Watch this space, Sharks Media Channels and a Fox Sports special presentation set to air on the League Life program for more on the latest SHH initiatives.