BOROUGH KICKING GOALS IN THE COMMUNITY
The vision of the Community Pillar of the Port Melbourne Football Club’s Strategic Plan is to be the heart of our community, setting the standards for today and tomorrow. We are here to stay, providing opportunities for everyone. Our community matters to us.
• Purposeful action
• Determined resilience
• Respectful inclusion
• Sustainable growth
Our key priorities:
• We are at the heart of our community
• To make meaningful connections that provide ongoing value for our communities
• We are seen as an inclusive community leader in the City of Port Phillip
• We build connected business communities
Anchored by our core values, we aim to have a positive social impact on our community. We reach over 50% of the population in the City of Port Phillip with our community activities. Our membership base is as diverse as it is passionate and is spread throughout the State; beyond the City of Port Phillip and the immediate VFL community
2019 Community Programs:
The MS Society was invited to our Round 6 home game against Werribee. MS Home Lottery Ambassadors Brenda and Mark Fisher were our guests at our President’s Lunch and spoke of their experience living with MS while volunteers were at hand to sell MS Dream Home Lottery tickets and accept donations. All proceeds from the day benefit people living with MS. We will continue to work with the MS Society in 2020 to develop our relationship further.
Port Phillip Specialist School:
The African proverb It takes a village to raise a child resonates deeply with us at the Borough which is why we continue to work with our friends at the Port Philip Specialist School. Whether it’s connecting with our fabulous Club Partners to help with construction projects around the school, welcoming students to help us at the Club or simply providing our facilities at the Sandridge Events Centre free of charge for its fundraising activities, we are committed to providing assistance to ensure the Port Phillip Specialist School can continue to provide vital services within the City of Port Phillip.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation:
The Borough once again teamed up with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation in 2019 to deliver a themed President’s Luncheon and match day as part of the Round 13 VFL clash with Footscray.
We launched our Everyday Hero campaign to assist The Alanna and Madeline Foundation to fund a series of workshops in schools which focus on cyber safety and bullying with our playing group jumping on board and generously donating to the cause.
As part of our partnership, our Round 13 President’s Luncheon included a formal presentation from a representative of the Foundation which explained how the Fund would help keep children safe in the community. To date we have raised nearly $4,000.
Lord Somers Camp & Powerhouse:
Our newest member to the Borough Community Program is the Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse, a diverse and intergenerational member-led community organisation which implements challenging and experience based programs that engage with people of all ages.
Based locally, the purpose of the Lord Somers Camp & Powerhouse is to serve others and strengthen communities. Its principals, which include embracing social inclusion and diversity, align strongly with those of the Port Melbourne Football Club. Its CEO, Tim Ryan is a former Port Melbourne Football Club player and is well versed in the culture of our Club, so it’s little wonder our Organisations came together.
We hosted Tim and his team for our Round 15 clash against the Northern Blues and we donated the proceeds of our President’s Luncheon Match Day Raffle to Lord Somers Camp & Powerhouse which will fund a girl and boy between the ages of 16 ½ and 18 attend the Lord Somers Camp & Powerhouse Big Camp in January 2020.
General Manager Jen Pryor and Football Manager Glenn Balmforth had the pleasure of visiting Big Camp in January 2019. Big Camp’s purpose is to teach leadership, team work and encourage celebration of diversity, leaving participants with a greater understanding of their own and others’ potential and gaining new insights into how they can make a positive impact on their communities, which speaks to the heart of our vision. We look forward to working further with Tim and his team in 2020.
Father Bob Maguire Foundation:
We had the pleasure of hosting Father Bob Maguire at our Round 17 lunch against Coburg. I doubt there’s another person within the City of Port Phillip that has made as big an impact on the community as Father Bob. His charity, The Father Bob Maguire Foundation provides food relief, social inclusion and educational support to ensure that “no one is left behind”. Its vision is to end homelessness and disadvantage and the Port Melbourne Football Club will be looking to develop our relationship with the Foundation in 2020.
Tom Lahiff Memorial Cup:
From little things, big things grow! Named in honour of one of Port Melbourne’s favourite sons, from its inception in 1989 comprising one pool of competitors, the Tom Lahiff Memorial Cup has now grown into a two day tournament involving 10 local primary schools with over 300 boys and girls participating in 3 pools of competition.
With 2011 Port Melbourne Premiership Player Stephen Brewer at the helm, this year’s tournament was a roaring success. Congratulations to all participating schools, particularly Port Melbourne Primary School.
We look forward to next year’s event.
Jacob Pearce and the ‘Alive’ Mental Health Project:
The Port Melbourne Football were delighted to play a significant part in the journey of Jacob Pearce, who walked 375 kilometres from Barrum on the New South Wales border to the Port Melbourne Football Club in March, which subsequently raised $88,000 for suicide-prevention charity ‘Alive’.
As an integral part of the Victorian football community, we also stood proudly in support of AFL Victoria initiatives in promoting Beyond Blue, Sock It To MND, Love the Game and Towards Zero throughout the 2019 VFL season.
Finally, to our community partners we say thank you for allowing us to work with you. We look forward to furthering our relationships in 2020.