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Entering the room to the sound of cheers and whistles, it was hard to wipe the smile from the faces of new recruit Chase Stanley and Tony Williams on Thursday afternoon (November 28), where the pair was in their element at Bankstown PCYC for Save the Childrens Stability Through Support mentoring program.

This early intervention mentoring program runs during the school terms on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The project was launched in May this year and 22 boys have participated in the project thus far. Teachers, parents, mentors and the boys themselves have noticed the positive impact of the weekly activities which concentrate on positive self-expression, problem solving and peaceful conflict resolution.

Locally facilitated by The Smith Family the early intervention mentoring program runs during the school term and is for boys of Pacific Islander heritage from the Bankstown area.

With ten boys aged 8-12 years old, one thing was for certain these boys loved their footy and were ecstatic to have Bulldogs players to spend the afternoon with. The afternoon was about having fun and learning more about their idols and the hard work and dedication it takes to make it as a professional sportsperson.

Following a quick feed and chat with the players, the art of ducking and weaving was an enviable skill in avoiding the flying obstacles of footys and basketballs as the group burned off some energy on the basketball court.

When the whole crew were assembled it was decided a game of touch football was on order with T-Rex and Chase leading their protgs in to battle.

It was a great afternoon of jokes, laughing, photos, autographs and lots of questions.

Thank you to the staff and mentors of Save the Children Tracey, Gareth, Jules and Dominic for allowing the Club to be part of this very important program, and to all of the youth young people involved for their good manners and fun spirit.

Stability Through Support is a Communities for Children project. Communities for Children is an initiative of the Australian Government department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and is facilitated in Bankstown by The Smith Family.
Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.