Giants in the community

Sporting clubs are a key part of any community and play an integral role in its social fabric.

The GWS GIANTS, Greater Western Sydney’s own AFL team, understand that as well as providing action and excitement on the field for fans, as role models they also have a key opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of many community members.

The Hills Shire Council has recently teamed up with the GIANTS to create a community partnership program that will connect residents with the major national sporting club and all it has to offer.

Over the next few months, local seniors, young people, the Chinese community and others will have an opportunity to interact with the GIANTS both at local sports fields and at the GIANTS headquarters through a range of fun and engaging activities that address nutrition, exercise and skills development.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said Council was looking forward to working with the GIANTS to promote a vibrant, active and inclusive community.

“On many levels sport – in particular Australian Football – has a critical role to play in the wellbeing of individuals in our community.  Sport, education and good health are what can really make a difference in our region, as well as inspire our future football players,” Mayor Keane said.

“Community engagement and participation – particularly amongst our young people who look up to these talented players – is core to everything that we do.

“Council looks forward to a strong and successful partnership with the GIANTS here in The Hills,” Mayor Keane added.

GIANTS Chief Executive David Matthews has welcomed the partnership.

“We are delighted to partner with The Hills Shire Council on this program,” Mr Matthews said.

“The GIANTS enjoy wonderful support in the Sydney Hills and we’re excited to see this continue to grow through this new partnership.

“With the launch of the GIANTS’ AFL Women’s team and the creation of GIANTS Netball, there’s never been a better time to be part of the GIANTS family.”

Catch the GIANTS this season from March, with their first home game at Spotless Stadium on April 1 against the Gold Coast Suns.