Richmond Football Club partnership

Council has joined forces with Richmond Football Club (RFC) to strengthen the Cardinia Shire community, using football to bring people together.

The club is working with Council and local schools on a range of exciting programs, events and initiatives which aim to connect people in Cardinia Shire, enhance the health and wellbeing of our residents and provide families with affordable and engaging entertainment options. These initiatives are bringing Tigers’ players and club staff to Cardinia Shire on a regular basis.

RFC is also supporting local not-for-profit organisation Windermere Child and Family Services as part of the partnership agreement.

The partnership is delivering the following initiatives to the Cardinia Shire community, with more to be announced.

Club training sessions in Cardinia Shire

Richmond Football Club Paler signing items

Richmond Football Club is hosting at least one open training session every year with its full squad at a recreation reserve in Cardinia Shire. Several of these sessions have been held so far in the Shire, with family activities such as a kids’ football clinic, player signing sessions, physical challenges, inflatables, face painting, giveaways and prizes available on the day. Richmond merchandise and memberships are also available for purchase.

These free events are very well-attended and provide an affordable day out for local families. Future training sessions in Cardinia Shire will be announced on Council’s Facebook page and on the online events calendar.

Schools program Tiger PAW Program

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.

Better Buddies Program

Drawing on its partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, RFC is funding the Better Buddies Program, an initiative designed to create friendly and caring primary school communities and to reduce bullying. The program is based on the Alannah and Madeline Foundation's Better Buddies Framework.

The program has been delivered into nine Cardinia Shire schools so far since 2012; Chairo Christian School (Pakenham campus), Columba Catholic School (Bunyip), Garfield Primary School, Nar Nar Goon Primary School, Pakenham Consolidated School, St John the Baptist School (Koo Wee Rup), St Patrick’s School (Pakenham), Lakeside Lutheran School and Beaconsfield Upper Primary School.

Sporting club development sessions

RFC is hosting regular events to help boost sporting organisations in Cardinia Shire. Richmond Football Club senior executives deliver the sessions, which give coaches, administrative volunteers and committee members from Cardinia Shire clubs a range of fantastic tips and ideas to use at a local level. The sessions offer insight into RFC’s philosophy on partnerships, tips on attracting partners and sponsorship, how to create a product worth selling, and how to establish and successfully deliver on a partnership. These sessions also provide opportunities for local businesses and sporting clubs to network.

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