In 2015, Richmond Football Club delivered its Tiger PAW (Physical Activity and Wellbeing) Program into selected schools in south-east Melbourne, including Cardinia Shire’s Nar Nar Goon Primary School and St Patrick’s Primary School in Pakenham.
Designed by RFC in accordance with VicHealth guidelines, the program supported schools in developing students to be physically and mentally healthy, respectful and able to ‘bounce back’ when things go wrong. The program won Aquatic and Recreation Victoria's Innovative Program Award for 2015.
The program was fully funded by Richmond Football Club and its partners South East Melbourne Medicare Local and Parklea. It consisted of four sessions: healthy eating, understanding and respecting cultural diversity and difference, resilience, and physical activity. In the sessions, Richmond players shared their life experiences and participants undertook activities based on the session theme.
Council supported the delivery of the Tiger PAW program in Cardinia Shire. Participating schools were selected as they were part of the Healthy Together Cardinia Shire Schools Achievement Program. Council also supported the initiative by conducting a program evaluation through Healthy Together Cardinia Shire. The evaluation will help to seek further funding so the program can be delivered into more schools.