Seagulls Supports Tweed
Inspiring, passionate and dedicated people from all walks of life exist within The Tweed Rugby League Community.
Seagulls is committed to enabling and supporting its players, staff and volunteers to work together with all stakeholders to reach, engage and empower all members of our Community and create a club culture that the Seagulls will always be there to support our Community.
Community and Game Development department is all about identifying issues important to the Seagulls’ Community (including members, staff and players) and working with our key partners and experts in the field to drive change.
The benefits of Seagulls Supports Tweed are:
- Sustain and grow fans and members
- Sustain and grow participation
- Improve financial outcomes
Seagulls Supports Tweed has three pillars:
- Health & Active Lifestyles
- Respect and Leadership
- Education and Employment
There are a number of key areas that Seagulls will focus its community engagement efforts on.
Health & Active Lifestyles
Physical and Mental Health
A 2015 survey found that residents of the Richmond-Tweed region have ranked sixth (out of twenty eight) in a ranking of New South Wales regions suffering obesity. An analysis by the Heath Foundation also found that 70.5 per cent of the people in the region were insufficiently active to remain healthy.
In addition Tweed has the highest rate of overnight hospitalisations for mental health conditions.
Physical and mental health is a key focus for The Tweed Heads Seagulls and the strategy has a strong focus on ensuring we make it easy for people to get involved in the club because of the benefits that we know Rugby League can have in these areas.
We are committed to supporting players, fans, members and supporters to be fitter, healthier and happier individuals and that they will be supported and nurtured if they join the club.
This is not an area often focussed on by sporting organisations but Tweed has twice the State Average of people over 65 and whilst it is imperative that we focus on developing and supporting our children embracing and working with our seniors can provide many benefits.
Not only can we ‘tap into’ he minds of our seniors to mentor and support the next generation of sports stars and workers but we can keep them mentally and physically active and engaged and give them a purpose beyond retirement. This can help keep stave off dementia, depression and a whole range of physical ailments.
Tweed Heads has the highest homeless rate per capita in NSW and youth homelessness is also a big issue on Tweed. Watching, playing or volunteering for a sporting organisation can have a positive influence on peoples lives. We will work with local service providers and not for profits organisations to help produce positive outcomes in this area.
Respect and Leadership
Seagulls Supports Tweed will work with the Tweed Aboriginal Community to support the local community and address social need across the Tweed and Southern Gold Coast region.
We will also focus on supporting disadvantaged and marginalised youth and their families by developing programs to support and engage them such as education, training, health and employment needs.
Focusing on these areas will allow us to attract funding and investment from business, community and government to develop robust, transparent and sustainable community programs and partnerships that leverage the popularity of Rugby League and the Seagulls in the Tweed region.
Tweed Shire Council has a comprehensive Access and Inclusion strategy and is recognised as being at the forefront of promoting and supporting the rights of people with disabilities. Seagulls has had discussions with TSC about developing one for Seagulls in conjunction with them. One of our supporters is wheelchair bound with spina bifida and is a regular fixture on the player’s bench and in the dressing sheds. One of our Colts and Queensland Cup sports trainers has a disability and we are committed to providing opportunities for as many people with a disability as possible.
Education and Employment
Through leadership from our players and staff we aim to work with the community to demonstrate to and instil in the local youth that learning is ‘cool’ and getting a job you love can changes your life.
Our senior players all work in a wide variety of jobs and professions and combine that with playing elite level of rugby league. They train three times a week, play one day a week – often travelling thousands of kilometres in the process – and are required to eat and live healthy.
By using them as mentors and role models we can help to improve school attendance, aspirational building and skills development with a particular focus on Indigenous students.
Seagulls receives funding from the QRL to employ a player wellbeing officer. The officer will work with players in a holistic way to ensure that all facets of their life – mental and physical health, work, education, and social.