Book online now to reserve your seat for the official launch of a brand new Riverland initiative. The launch will be held on May 29th at the Barmera Monash Football Club, with registrations closing on the 24th May. The Game Changer, is a community initiative, supported by Riverland Sporting Clubs, and is designed to assist the prevention of drug use, alcohol abuse, family violence, mental health and suicide, whilst also developing young adults into becoming the next generation of community leaders.
The official launch of the Riverland’s ‘The Game Changer” initiative, will be held at 6pm on the 29th May at the Barmera Monash Football Club. The cost of $20 includes a select meal and will feature Jake Edwards, ex Carlton player and founder of 'Outside the Locker room".
The program aims to address some of challenges identified in Riverland region that relate to mental health, drug/alcohol use, domestic violence and a decreasing number of emerging leaders in the 18-34 age bracket due by ‘urban drift’.
With sport being such an imbeded part of the Riverlands culture, this exciting initiative (unique to the Riverland) which has been made possible through major sponsorship from EML, will work with the Riverland Netball and Football leagues to deliver the program which has been developed in collaboration with the SANFL, TAFE, Regional Development Australia, .
The project has 2 parts, firstly, to combat the urban drift challenge, EML are funding 12 young up and coming leaders (4 are from the Berri Barmera district) from the football and netball clubs to undertake a Cert IV in Leadership and Management at the Berri TAFE Campus, in which, they will undertake a number of projects aimed at driving leadership and change in a number of the Riverland’s challenges in their sporting club, employer and community. This leadership course will be underpinning the 2nd part of the project, which is a wonderful program that will be run by founder, Jake Edwards, of “Outside the Locker Room”.
Jake will be working directly with the netball and football clubs over the next 12 months addressing community challenges such as, domestic Violence, suicide prevention, drug use and alcohol overuse. Jake has worked directly with around 100 sporting clubs in Victoria and he is excited to cross the border in to the Riverland.
For more information on Jake Edwards, please see the below internet link which will take you to Jake’s 60 Minutes interview from April 2017. Naturally, Jake will be the guest speaker at the launch.