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Youngsters get the ‘Footy Fever’

Students from local Sutherland Shire High Schools have completed the eight-week Footy Fever program, with the once-weekly sessions covering modules from the Deadly Choices Wellbeing program including leadership, chronic disease, anger management, healthy eating, drugs and alcohol as well as crime avoidance

A program which aligns with the Sharks Have Heart ‘Inclusivity and Diversity’ pillar, Footy Fever aimed to engage students who are deemed ‘at risk’ by their schools.

In all 14 students from schools within the local area took part in the weekly program where they were provided mentors from PCYC Sutherland, the Cronulla Sharks and Project Youth.

The students took part in weekly theory modules as part of the Deadly Choices Wellbeing Program while they also enjoyed the experience of training on PointsBet Stadium in the lead up to the Footy Fever Cup, a game of LeagueTag touch football played between a group from PCYC Katungal and the Sharks Footy Fever participants.

The game was conducted at half time of the Sharks vs Broncos NRL match in early July and marked the end of the program in celebrating the efforts the students over the 8-weeks of the Footy Fever course.

The Sharks involvement stemmed from their commitment to create an inclusive and diverse environment within the Sutherland Shire community.

The Sharks Have Heart funded this program, as well as providing staffing and resources including use of the stadium and rooms in the Sharks Leagues Club.