Launched in 2009, Bulldogs in the Community is part of the Clubs formal community strategy which aims to make a positive difference in people’s lives and in our community.
Since its inception Bulldogs in the Community has achieved enormous success assisting charitable causes and raising millions of dollars. Bulldogs players spend on average more than 1500 hours in the community each season working closely with our charity partners, conducting school sessions, hospital visits, coaching clinics, junior carnivals and specialty programs.
With the continued support of Bulldogs Members and the Canterbury League Club, Bulldogs in the Community will continue to expand our reach and fulfil our goal of making a positive difference in people’s lives and in our community.
Bulldogs in the Community initiatives:
Canterbury-Bankstown Junior League:
The Club works closely with our fifteen local junior league clubs throughout the season to increase junior player and qualified volunteer numbers. Our Junior League will take centre stage on game days with our under 8’s forming the guard of honour, running on alongside the team and playing in an exhibition match at half time. A Club of the week is also featured on the Bulldogs website in the lead up to game day.
For more information Go to www.juniorbulldogs.com.au
School to Work:
The Learn Earn Legend School to Work program is an important legacy of the NRLs annual All Stars Game and was developed to create successful career pathways for Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12 in participating schools across Western Sydney and is a combined initiative of the NRL, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and supported by a number of NRL Clubs.
Bulldogs Aboriginal Officer Dean Feeney provides support and one-on-one mentoring to the handpicked students, with the overall aim for students to complete their senior schooling and move into further study, training, or meaningful employment.
Party Safe Program:
Piloted in 2012, Party Safe Program is the Bulldogs education program for Secondary Students which is proudly supported by ACPE. Party Safe addresses a number of social scenarios and critical situations teenagers face. The program is facilitated by a professional social worker and a Bulldogs personality.
Talk to a Bulldog:
First piloted in 2010, the Talk to a Bulldog program is coordinated in partnership with the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and utilises teleconferencing technology to connect schools from across Sydney.
The two part program covers key topics and learning areas affecting students, such as bullying and living a healthy lifestyle.
Each year as part of a game wide initiative, the Bulldogs take part in a local community blitz visiting local schools in the Bulldogs catchment as well as three day carnival to a regional area to deliver the games healthy lifestyle, education, and cultural diversity and harmony initiatives.
Past regional locations the Bulldogs have visited include Fraser Coast, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Wagga Wagga, Adelaide and Dubbo.
From school and hospital visits to junior league coaching clinics, Rugby Leagues Community Carnival inspires children to lead healthy and active lives and to embrace Australians of all cultural backgrounds, as well as providing a focus for the tens of thousands of hours that NRL clubs and players dedicate each year to helping those in need.