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Play To Your Strengths

Play To Your Strengths (PTYS) is a secondary schools based program using our players character strengths profiles to promote positive education and emotional intelligence. The program puts the players in a more relatable setting highlighting how the team is made up of very different individuals. Using Saints players as positive role models students explore their own strengths profile and learn how to get the best out of themselves by flexing their signature strengths. Once students have an understanding of their individual strengths PTYS introduces emotional intelligence and guides the students on how they can use their strengths to support their classmates strengths to support a positive classroom culture.

Inclusivity

+ SaintsPlay

Children of all abilities across Bayside will be able to take part in specially designed AFL programs thanks to a new St Kilda Football Club and Junction Studio initiative supported by the AFL and VicHealth. SaintsPlay is one of six projects that have been chosen as part of VicHealth’s $500,000 Innovation Challenge: sport program, which supports new initiatives that help less active Victorians to take part in sport activities.  The program aims to empower Bayside clubs and schools to host inclusive football programs, as well as establishing NAB AFL Auskick pre-learn days across the region with the support of Deakin through the AllPlay initiative (click here for more information).

Story: http://www.saints.com.au/news/2017-08-22/saints-continue-commitment-to-inclusiveness 

+ Hearing awareness

Saints home games at Etihad Stadium became more accessible for our deaf and hard of hearing supporters in 2017 with the introduction of closed captions and Auslan interpreters on the big screen. The Saints were able to introduce this AFL first initiative with the support of Deaf Children Australia, The Captioning Studio and Auslan Services.

+ Pride

Fostering a sense of belonging for all football fans is a key driver at the Saints. This is particularly pertinent when it comes to the LGBTIQ community. Since the inception of the Pride Game against the Sydney Swans in 2016, the club has been extremely active in the community working hard to ensure the AFL environment is welcoming and inclusive of all. In addition to the Pride Game, we along with VicHealth supported the following events:

+ Yarra Glen Pride Cup Game

+ Hamilton Pride Game

+ Southern Football Netball League Pride Round

+ Annual Midsumma Festival Pride March

Download: Lessons in Pride Booklet

+ VWFL 

The Saints will be one of five teams participating in the inaugural Robert Rose Foundation Victorian Wheelchair Football League (VWFL). Five clubs will participate in the competition, with Collingwood, Hawthorn, Essendon and Richmond also set to field teams. The 10-round competition will run between May and August, with the Grand Final to be played in September during the AFL Bye-Round.

Download: 2018 VWFL Fixture

SaintsActive

Saints Active is a group fitness workout based on AFL principles and techniques that promotes a friendly, social and fun way to get fit & healthy. A great combination of fun & fitness and the opportunity to experience something different:

+ Get fit and feel strong through a varied, high intensity program

+ A program that is accommodating to all fitness levels