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To help address the impact of lockdown and mental health, the Bulldogs have teamed up with Birrong Boys High School to deliver a pilot program tailored to deliver wellbeing Zoom sessions.

Developed by Birrong Boys High School, the program hopes to improve the wellbeing of young people and contribute to students staying socially connected by linking in with positive influencers and other health and wellbeing-related services within the community.

The program will see the Bulldogs offer Birrong Boys High School access to its Players and Ambassadors, in an attempt to share life learnings and provide support and coping mechanisms to students to help them during these difficult times.

It is hoped that at the end of the program the students will be able to apply the new strategies that they have learnt to improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.

Birrong Boys High School Principal, Darren Stevens, thought that the program could be of great benefit to his students:

“Birrong Boys High School could not be prouder of our recent collaboration with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Having worked in association with the Bulldogs across a variety of wellbeing projects, we are now happy to formalise this relationship for the benefit of all young people at our school.

As a club with proud traditions dating back to 1935, we could not imagine a more suitable or worthy organisation with which to be associated. We look forward to a further consolidation of this partnership and to sharing the values of the family club with our students and the wider community.”

Bulldogs General Manager - Community, Fayssal Sari, was equally effusive about the potential benefits of the program:

“The Bulldogs have seen that the recent Covid lockdown has had a negative impact on a large number of students and their mental health, particularly in South-West Sydney. After piloting the program, and seeing its positive response, we are pleased to move forward with this partnership, and are looking forward to working with the students of Birrong Boys High to see what positive impact we can have on their lives.”