Community Programs

Driving change; on and off the field

The Bulldogs aim to make a positive impact in our community by leveraging "the Bulldogs effect". The "Bulldogs effect" is the power of the Bulldogs brand to positively affect social change.

We are the family club that unites and inspires. The Bulldogs have conducted broad community consultations to develop a community strategy that addresses local social needs.

The pillars of our Bulldogs in the Community strategy are;

• Community Cohesion
• Health & Wellness

The Bulldogs will be working closely with our community partners to deliver educational programs and football clinics.

The Bulldogs in the Community program has achieved enormous success assisting charitable causes and raising over one million dollars for charity, local community organisations and schools.

With the support of our community partners such as Western Sydney University, Youth Off The Streets, Blooms the Chemist as well as local Councils in Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool and Cumberland area, we will continue to expand our reach and fulfil our goal of making a positive difference in people's lives.

COMMUNITY COHESION

GOAL: Leverage the "Bulldogs effect" to create a harmonious community by actively engaging and celebrating diversity

• Actively promote and celebrate the benefits of diversity through community and business collaboration
• Actively showcase diversity and inclusivity across the Bulldogs region through, social media, events and match day activities
• Facilitate an inclusive and safe environment for young people utilising Bulldogs resources
• Proudly acknowledge the traditional owners of the land at major Bulldogs events
• Provide resources and acknowledge community organisations and schools effectively promoting Community Cohesion

FLAGSHIP PROGRAM: BE ALL IN

ABOUT:

Encouraging social harmony through sport.

PARTNERS

• Western Sydney University
• Liverpool City, CB City, Cumberland Councils
• Barnardos Australia
• Mission Australia
• Metro Assist | LMA
• White Ribbon Australia

TARGET GROUP

• Disadvantaged schools in Western and South West Sydney
• Newly arrived refugees settling into schools
• 12 High schools within local community

OUTCOMES

• Collaboration with WSU and community organisations across multiple regions
• Improve student confidence by providing an avenue to meet and make new friends
• Improve school attendance
• Build community harmony
• Provide educational pathways
• Create a sense of belonging through sports
• Winner: NRL Community Program of the Year (2017)

PARTICIPANTS

• 240

PROGRAM: COMMUNITY MINDED KIDS

ABOUT

Motivating classroom students to be active in the Community.

PARTNERS

• Canterbury League Club
• Community Minds Inc
• Western Sydney University
• CB City Council

TARGET GROUP

• Primary school children aged 9-11
• Canterbury-Bankstown area

OUTCOMES

• Increase community and civic participation among children
• Improved and increased community connectedness of students
• Increase engagement between Bulldogs and school children
• Increase participation in junior rugby league
• Increased sense of pride in community
• Shifting mindsets from deficit thinking to positive asset-based thinking

PARTICIPANTS

• 2,400 primary school students

PROGRAM: STREET OUTREACH

ABOUT

Youth Drop In Centre at Bulldogs HQ.

PARTNERS

• Youth Off The Streets
• Barnados Australia

TARGET GROUP

• At risk youth aged 12-24
• CALD young people

OUTCOMES

• Facilitate an environment where young people feel safe
• Engage and motivate young people to identify their values, strengths and passions
• Improve young people's understanding of society and opportunities available
• Foster relationships between young people and youth services
• Strengthen the young people's sense of community such as being part of sports Club supporters group

PARTICIPANTS

• Average 40 young people per week totalling 2,080

PROGRAM: INDIGENOUS PATHWAYS EXPO

ABOUT

Connecting indigenous peoples with educational and career pathway options.

PARTNERS

• Canterbury League Club
• NSW Rugby League
• NRL
• M&J Chickens

TARGET GROUP

• Aboriginal and Torres Strait students
• Western and South West Sydney

OUTCOMES

• Engage up to 1000 Indigenous high school students with education on opportunities post high school
• Connect higher education providers with indigenous youth
• Connect employers with indigenous youth seeking employment after completing high school

PARTICIPANTS

• 1000 high school students

PROGRAM: WISE UP

ABOUT

Connecting at risk students with support services

PARTNERS

• NSW Police
• Lighthouse
• SES
• GWS Giants

TARGET GROUP

• At risk high School students in LGA

OUTCOMES

• Create a safe environment to discuss challenges with at risk youth
• Connect vulnerable students with support services

PARTICIPANTS

• On average 25 per term totalling 100 per year

PROGRAM: LILIAN LANE ARTS PRECINCT

ABOUT

Crime prevention by environmental design

PARTNERS

• CB City Council
• Vyva Entertainment
• Canterbury League Club

TARGET GROUP

• Canterbury-Bankstown youth

OUTCOMES

• Crime prevention through environmental design
• Youth engagement
• Community Activation
• Beautification of Belmore Sports Ground

PROGRAM: KIDS SAY NO

ABOUT

Educating at-risk youth

PARTNERS

• Belmore PCYC

TARGET GROUP

• High Schools

OUTCOMES

• Reduce participant involvement in crime
• Increase attendance for PCYC Case Management
• Improve relationships between police and Young People
• Raise awareness and educate Young People on DV

PROGRAM: MOVIE NIGHTS

ABOUT

A social night out for carers and people living with disabilities

PARTNERS

• Participate Australia

TARGET GROUP

• People living with disabilities & their families

OUTCOMES

• Providing safe space for families to enjoy a movie

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

GOAL: Increase the participation in sport and promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and improve mental health

• Increase the participation and engagement in sports
• Promote the benefits of exercise and healthy living to reduce obesity and improve mental health
• Delivery of fun and engaging Health and Wellness education programs
• Provide resources and acknowledge community organisations and schools effectively promoting healthy lifestyles

FLAGSHIP PROGRAM: ACTIVE BREED

ABOUT

12 Week Health & Fitness program

PARTNERS

• Western Sydney University
• Canterbury League Club
• Blooms The Chemist
• Primary Health Network
• University of Newcastle
• White Ribbon Australia

TARGET GROUP

• Men aged 35-64
• South West Sydney
• BMI of 25-42 kg/m2

OUTCOMES

• Improve physical and mental health of participants
• Educate and improve participants health literacy
• Improve health and wellbeing of the participants family

PARTICIPANTS

• 100

PROGRAM: SHE SUMMIT

ABOUT

Inspire, empower and connect young girls to achievements through health, sport and education

PARTNERS

• Western Sydney University
• Canterbury League Club
• Go Active
• Lebanese Muslim Association

TARGET GROUP

• Young women from CALD backgrounds
• Western and South West Sydney

OUTCOMES

• Empower young women with the knowledge that they have a choice when it comes to their future
• Increase participation organised sport
• Educate young women on the importance of physical health and mental wellbeing
• Plant seeds of pursuing higher education and attaining participants desired career

PARTICIPANTS

• 300

PROGRAM: LINKED UP

ABOUT

Youth development and wellbeing program

PARTNERS

• Canterbury League Club
• Bankstown Youth Development Service

TARGET GROUP

• Year 10 and 11 Students

OUTCOMES

• Strengthen participants sense of identity and belonging in the community
• Build participants connections with schools
• Equipping participants with knowledge, skills and attitudes to respond in a positive way to stress and adversity
• Improve the prospects of long term health, wellbeing and physical activity participation
• Supporting young people with the skills and opportunities to apply their leadership skills

PARTICIPANTS

• On average 30 per term totalling 120 per year

PROGRAM: LEVEL UP

ABOUT

Fitness and living skills program to our youth

PARTNERS

• Mission Australia
• Canterbury Bankstown Youth Services

TARGET GROUP

Youth living in crisis accommodation

OUTCOMES

• Support young people in the Canterbury LGA in exploring the importance of physical wellbeing and mental health
• Provide fortnightly education sessions on fitness and nutritional workshops
• Purchase fitness/sports resources for workshops and future program sustainability
• Finalist: NSW Premiers Community Awards

PARTICIPANTS

• On average 30 per term totalling 120 per year

PROGRAM: SPECIAL OLYMPICS CUP

ABOUT

Providing sports opportunities for people with an intellectual disability

PARTNERS

• Special Olympics Australia
• South Sydney Rabbitohs

TARGET GROUP

• Athletes with intellectual disabilities

OUTCOMES

• Increase healthy participation and inclusion in sports

PARTICIPANTS

• 30 special Olympics athletes per year

PROGRAM: KIT UP OUR SCHOOLS

ABOUT

In partnership with NRL Game Development, local disadvantaged schools will be kitted out with new rugby league jerseys. This was identified as a series issue in schools participating in rugby league activities. This initiative is in collaboration with our kit sponsor.

PARTNERS

• NRL Game Development Officers
• Classic Sportswear
• Local Schools

TARGET GROUP

• Primary Schools
• High Schools

OUTCOMES

• Increase participation in rugby league
• Promote school pride
• Encourage social engagement
• Utilise the power of sports to unify people

PARTICIPANTS

• 100 local school students