In the Gascoyne Region we run community and talent programs in the towns of Burringurrah, Carnarvon, Denham, Exmouth and Gascoyne Junction.
Our main community programs in the region are Rising Leaders, Culture Through Sport, Regional carnivals & Metro competitions.
The talent-based outcomes derive from the talent carnivals we conduct in the region. Our talent outcomes are an invitation to join the Gascoyne Bulldogs for both males and females.
This is thanks to the support by our major sponsors: LotteryWest, Healthway, Foodbank and the Shires associated in the region, the Clontarf Foundation, Shooting Stars and the PCYC.
Over the three years the foundation has been in the Gascoyne, we’ve had success in:
- Starting the Gascoyne Bulldogs Academy
- 20 Academy players whom played a curtain raiser at Optus Stadium in 2019
- 50 Academy players who participated in our October Carnival 2019 in Perth
- Teams travelled down to Perth to participate in the 2020 Nicky Winmar and Kirby Bentley.
In the Perth metropolitan area, the Stephen Michael Foundation predominantly work in the South Fremantle Development region which includes the Fremantle, Cockburn, Kwinana and Armadale councils as well as the Serpentine-Jarrahdale shire. We also currently deliver programs in the City of Rockingham.
A lot of the work we do in the Perth metropolitan area is centred around our Rising Leaders program. Currently we deliver this 20 week personal development, mentoring and capacity building program to students inside Fremantle College, Warnbro CHS, Safety Bay SHS, Lakeland SHS, Court Grammar.
The other key program delivered in our Metro region is an after-hours sporting program called Nightfields. This program has enable the Stephen Michael Foundation to build strong relationships with a number of key service providers to enhance the ability of youth to be involved in a safe and fun activity at a time of need for each specific region.
Upper Great Southern
The Upper Great Southern is a highly valued part of the South Fremantle Football Club with a number of ex and current senior players recruited from there. With this in mind the Stephen Michael Foundation have established a presence in the region to not only help support the development of male footballers, but to increase the ability of females to play regular AFL.
We have also been able to build strong connections with the wider community through our key sporting based programs such as Rising Leaders, Nightfields and general skill development sessions. The key towns the Stephen Michael Foundation work in around the Upper Great Souther region include Narrogin, Katanning, Collie and Kojonup.
A key achievement for the Stephen Michael Foundation in the Upper Great Southern region has been the establishment of a Female Football Academy which in its first year has had certain players chosen to play for the South Fremantle Rogers Cup team. This is and will continue to be a real highlight and ambition for many local girls who unfortunately do not have an AFL competition to play in at the moment in the region.