The Werribee Football Club is pleased to announce that it will work in partnership with the Scanlon Foundation, the Refuge of Hope and the North Melbourne Football Club to develop a Werribee Huddle, as part of the proposed Chirnside Park redevelopment.
Based on the highly successful Huddle at Arden St, the Werribee Huddle would improve social cohesion in our local area, by engaging young people from diverse backgrounds in sport and learning. The Huddle at the North Melbourne Football Club was established in 2009 to improve social cohesion by identifying and addressing the causes of disengagement among young people. The Huddle’s sport and education programs attract hundreds of young people to The Huddle every week, providing the NMFC with a strong (and award winning) community focus. The Huddle is funded through government, philanthropic and corporate donations. In 2012, Huddle programs were extended to Wyndham schools, delivered in partnership with the Werribee Football Club. Some funding was provided for this from Council in 2014.
In discussing the expansion of The Huddle model to Werribee, Dr Sonja Hood, General Manager of Community Engagement at the North Melbourne Football Club, said: “The Huddle has been a huge success in North Melbourne, and we now have hundreds of young people studying, playing sport and volunteering with us every week. We are excited to work with the Werribee Football Club to bring this concept to Chirnside Park.”