A Message from OTLR: Welfare App

To OTLR’s sporting community,

Across sporting codes, we acknowledge COVID-19 has disrupted the sporting calendar at all levels. As restrictions and forced closures of facilities and businesses are implemented, along with social distancing and self-isolation regulations, we understand that all clubs have had to postpone Outside the Locker Room education sessions that were scheduled in the immediate future. It will be our priority to re-schedule these sessions with you at a time that is safe to do so.

Our welfare support, available via our mobile app or directly emailing our team at support@otlr.org.au is still available. Please read below for more information.

Our welfare support

Understandably during times like these, feelings of worry, anxiety and even panic can set in. Events like the new coronavirus pandemic can also trigger, exacerbate or prolong existing mental health challenges within individuals and communities.

Caring for our individual and collective mental health is more important than ever, and we encourage you to make the most of OTLR’s welfare support. Please continue to utilise our mobile app and encourage all club members, including players, management, coaches and support staff, to download the app and make use of the various features available.


Xmas Message from Senior President

Samantha Dunkinson (Junior VP), Alan Tudge MP (Member for Aston), Bob Henry (Hawka Legend) and Greg “Flash” Hannon (Senior President). (Photo by Kieran Griffin)

On behalf of our senior committee, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas period. This time of the year is always an opportune time to reflect on the year past and search for what we have to look forward to in the year ahead. I would argue strongly that the role of a community football/netball club has never been more important.

Supporters at Tormore Reserve (Photo by Kieran Griffin)

The digital world has offered us so much but with it comes greater levels of anxiety, mental health issues and disconnection from society. What does a club like Boronia Hawks offer? We offer a community of friends that actually talk to each other, that offer support to each other and that offers a ‘home’ away from home for people to ‘escape’ the pressures of day to day life and to be with people that have a similar aspiration – to make our community club be as good as it can be.

2019 Senior Women’s Team at the Knox Club (Photo by David Nicholas)

Our club is very much a community. We have people from a variety of backgrounds and on the whole, we treat each other with great respect and care. I know this because new people that join our club tell me how welcoming we are and how much they value our club ‘culture.’

New players Anna Moulday and Sharnee Emmanuelli (Photo by Scott Nicholas)

No club is perfect, but if we all work together with a solution focussed mindset, great things can be achieved!

This season saw our teams play finals; we invested in technology to support our coaching/playing group; we invested in player well-being programs and we invested in capital works ( new ground lighting ). We were able to do this and still be vigilant in managing our expenditures and ensuring that we can offer our players a ‘high performance’ environment to play in.

Scott Nicholas (Club Chairman), Mitchell Wright (High Performance Manager) and Ashley Johnston (Football Director). (Photo by David Nicholas)

Every year players leave and players join our club. For those who have decided to leave ‘The Hawka,’ we wish you nothing but great success and enjoyment at your new homes. Clearly understand, you are always welcome back at Tormore. Do not be strangers! To those that have joined us, we look forward to welcoming you to our club. For those like Harry and Andy who are returning, it’s great to have you back boys!

New players for 2020 Tom Long, Taylor Legate and Sean Young. (Photo by David Nicholas)

Thank you to everyone that has supported me in my first year as Club President and I hope you all have a great summer break with your families.

Greg “Flash” Hannon

SENIOR PRESIDENT

Boronia Hawks to Kick Start for 2020!

Boronia Hawks will kick start the 2020 preseason as footy training gets under way. We also have our second “Come and Try Night” for Women Footballers!


Junior Boys and Girls are invited to come to our Junior Registration Day on Sunday 17 November at Tormore Reserve from 10:00am to 11:30am. Meet the coaches and sign up to receive discounted club membership for 2020. Get out on the oval to have a kick as well.

Any questions? Please contact our Junior Registrar, Stacey Peril on 0488 336 519 or stacey.hawks@bigpond.com


Senior Men’s footballers, together with Under 19’s and Under 17’s, are expected to attend this first session to kick off the pre-Xmas preseason. Training for 2020 commences on Monday 18 November at Boronia Salvation Army Oval from 6:00pm on Monday & Wednesdays.

Please contact Ash Johnston, Football Director, on 0433 365 286 for any questions.


Our Senior Women’s Teams will be starting their 2020 campaign on Tuesday 19 November at Boronia K-12 College from 6:00pm.

Come and join a fun, welcoming and inclusive team environment, at one of the Eastern Football Netball League‘s destination clubs. After making finals for the first time in 2019, the Hawks are on the rise in 2020 fielding two teams for the first time! 

Coaching and volunteer roles are also available, so if you’re interested in being part of a Women’s Football Team come and get involved!

Please contact Scott Nicholas, Senior Coach, on 0403 238 494 for more information.


The Boronia Veterans Team will start their preseason training (and recovery sessions) from Wednesday 20 November. Venue is still to be finalised, so keep an eye out for an update.

Please contact Team Manager, Jason Davis on 0425 749 818 for more information.



AAA Rating for Boronia Auskick!

Great news for our Boronia Auskick Centre!  We have recently been advised that we have earned recognition as a AAA Auskick Centre.

 

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Samantha Dunkinson, Boronia Auskick Co-ordinator.

The Access All Abilities (AAA) NAB AFL Auskick program is designed to ensure that Auskick Centres are as inclusive as possible and that children of All Abilities have access to participate in the great game of AFL football.

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The implementation of our Sensory Space at Boronia Auskick has been a significant reason for this recognition.

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Sam Dunkinson, our Auskick Co-ordinator, uses the space to assist the kids who might get a little overwhelmed by everything and just need a quiet spot for a while.  The Club has been supported in this initiative through the generosity of our great supporter Sam Dib and Lipari Pizza Pasta.

 

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Enquiries regarding Boronia Auskick may be directed to Samantha Dunkinson on 0419 502 633.

To learn more, click on the following link, where you may notice that our Club Chairman, Scott Nicholas, is the AFL Victoria Disability Programs Manager behind this statewide initiative!

AAA Auskick: Access All Abilities

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Boronia Hawks: Love the Game Not the Odds

Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club has joined a community of more than 400 Victorian sporting clubs that are committed to an environment free from sports betting sponsorship.

This includes our partners from elite sporting clubs, including all 10 Victorian AFL clubs, and state sporting bodies including Football Victoria, Cricket Victoria and AFL Victoria.

There is strong community concern about sports betting advertising, especially the potential impact on young people. Young people may think that gambling is a normal part of sport, or that you can’t enjoy sport without having a bet.

By saying no to sports betting sponsorship, your club is playing an important role in reducing young people’s exposure to sports betting promotion.

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Outside the Locker Room

Boronia Hawks hosted a terrific session on Thursday 6 June with our Outside the Locker Room: Welfare & Education Program.

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We welcomed Shane (facilitator) and Cindy (welfare champion) from OTLR to the Club and they were very impressed to see such a great attendance. Cindy commented the she normally gets around all the tables but that it just wasn’t possible last night due to the size of the group.

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Congratulations to one of our players who spoke openly to the group last night to share his journey with mental welfare. This willingness to talk about the issues triggered a lot of really beneficial conversations throughout the room. It so often helps to talk to others.

Many thanks to Wayne Preston for his work in arranging the session. We can really look forward to a second session in around six weeks that will cover “Culture and Leadership.

Please join us in thanking OTLR. https://www.otlr.com.au

 

 

“Outside the Locker Room” – part of the Boronia Hawks Welfare and Education Program.

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Boronia Hawks is dedicated to providing our players access to the best welfare programs available.

In 2019 we have engaged Outside the Locker Room to assist us in our Welfare and Education Program by conducting at least two workshops that are specifically designed for young people involved in sporting clubs, focussing on education and support for facing life’s daily challenges.

The first workshop will be held on Thursday 6 June from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in our Club Rooms at Tormore Reserve.

This is a one of a kind program for local clubs to have players mentored by the team at OTLR over a 12 months period.

All senior football and netball players with the Hawks are expected to attend this first workshop as a show of support for team mates.  

Coaches will put in place a revised coaching timetable for the night, with times to advised shortly.

Meals will be available at the Club from 6:30pm as per other Thursday nights.

Please follow this link to learn more about Outside the Locker Room.

 

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