A working group of sixteen Club members got together last night via Zoom to launch the development of the Club’s Gender Equity Action Plan. The people involved represented all aspects of the Club’s operations and each recognised the benefits that flow on from the effective and equitable participation and integration of girls and women across the Club.
Many thanks to Karen Little and Scott Nicholas for their work in drafting the action plan.
Thank you also to the members of our working group, including Amanda Cellante, Ash Johnson, Bec Allen, Ben Robertson, Candyce Wright, Carly Dymond, David Nicholas, Greg Hannon, Julia Bortoli, Kat McMahon, Kristan Wood, Nathan Allen, Rhianna Little, Samantha Dunkinson, Wayne Preston and Ye Jeffries.
A FREE ON-LINE SESSION with TOM BOYD for MEN’S HEALTH WEEK: Wednesday 17 June from 7:30pm
Join a free online presentation with former AFL footballer Tom Boyd who will share his story of going from #1 draft pick to retirement within five years.
Boronia Hawks recommends this free on-line session to all. Given the challenging environment that we are living in today, here is a great opportunity for our members, volunteers and players to get an insight from someone who had to deal with such a high level of expectation and how he worked his way through the highs and lows.
The Club’s Board of Directors has been meeting regularly via Zoom in the last few months to manage the impact of Covid-19 on the Club’s operations. Following the recent announcements from the the Victorian Government, AFL Victoria and EFNL, we had an expanded Board meeting last night with representatives from our senior and junior football, netball, veterans and Auskick sections. Thanks to Ash Johnston, Candyce Wright, Kat McMahon, Sam Dunkinson and Wayne Preston for their important contributions to our preparations.
Although the Club is subject to the release of guidelines and protocols from the governing bodies, we are able to start planning for the eventual resumption of managed training sessions in groups of ten (plus a coach or manager). We are developing our own set of training guidelines so all players and coaches will fully understand their ongoing obligations to personal hygiene and social distancing. We will be ready when the time comes.
The most pleasing aspect of the meeting was to hear of the enthusiastic engagement by our senior playing groups over the last two months. Our senior mens and women’s footballers are training in isolation, but are absolutely exceeding expectations as they build their fitness. Our players and coaches are to be congratulated for their team spirit, support for each other, and dedication to the game and the Club.
We will be in touch regularly, so please keep your eye out for updates on our website and Facebook pages and groups. “Hawka Talk” will continue every Wednesday night at 7:00pm on Facebook for the foreseeable future. Please tune in!
Please take care of yourselves, family and friends. Do the right thing and we will all be able to come together again as a Club.
Scott Nicholas, Chairman, Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club Inc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Boronia Hawks have secured a site at the Knox Festival being held at Wally Tew Reserve, Glenfern Rd, Ferntree Gully on Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March. It’s an opportunity to showcase our fantastic club to the Knox community and to attract new Junior (boys and girls) and Women’s team players. We will have activities for the kids, with Hawka brand caps and mini stress footballs as giveaways.
If you’re available to help at our stall over that weekend, please add your name to the roster via this Volunteer Link.
Over the two days of the festival, between 10 am and 5 pm, we would like a minimum of three volunteers for each time slot but it would be great to see more. The more people we have at our stall and the more activity we generate, the more interesting it will be to festival attendees.
Great news for our Boronia Auskick Centre! We have recently been advised that we have earned recognition as a AAAAuskick Centre.
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.
The implementation of our Sensory Space at Boronia Auskick has been a significant reason for this recognition.
SamDunkinson, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Boronia Hawks are very pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Major Raffle, drawn at the Boronia Hawks Ladies Lunch on Saturday 1 June by Jackson Taylor MP.
1st Prize: Two Return Tickets to Europe courtesy of Greg Krenn and GK Travel + Cruise was won by Kim Panting one of the players from our Under 16 Girls Team!
2nd Prize: a Weber Family Q BBQ courtesy of Brendan Lee at John Alan Betta Home Living at Knox was won by Bec Moore, not only the parent of Sam from our Under 13 Team, also a major sponsor through GJ Gardner Wantirna South.
3rd Prize: a Rug from Choices Flooring FTG courtesy of Roxanne Moroney was won by Amanda Cellante, captain of our Senior Women’s Football Team!
4th Prize: a $500 Rebel Sports Voucher courtesy of Rebel Sport Knox was won by Caitlin “Cotch” Fay from our Senior Women’s Football Team!
5th Prize: an Ozito Ultimate 18v Garden Care Kit courtesy of Grant Bartram was won by Rachel Odgers, our Junior Treasurer and parent of junior players Danae and Connor Moon!
6th Prize: a Fitbit Versa courtesy of Rebel Knox was won by Rebecca Anderson from Boronia Dentist one of our valued major sponsors.
7th Prize: Rebel Mega Boom was won by Tyler Dower from our Senior Men’s Football Team!
8th Prize: a dozen mixed bottles of Wine donated by the Club was won by Jack R!
The Club wishes to thank all our generous sponsors and donors for support of our Major Raffle, which is essential for the successful operation and growth of the Club.
We also thank Greg Hannon, Wayne Preston and especially Samantha Dunkinson for the time and effort they put in to the successful conduct of the 2019 raffle.
Prize winners may contact Samantha Dunkinson or Greg Hannon if they have any queries regarding the collection of their prizes.
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 linkto learn more about Outside the Locker Room.