We launched our Mentoring Program on 28th May with the support of the Outside the Locker Room team in discussing as a Club and community the sensitive issue of mental health and well-being. The night was a great success with over 120 junior, senior players and parents in attendance to hear first-hand Bridget Franc’s personal story of her own battles with mental health. Bridget stressed the importance of being able to talk about how you are feeling and having the support of family and friends who care and are not afraid to ask tough questions in addressing the issue of mental well-being. Above all Bridget’s message was one of hope, that life can be a roller-coaster but with a positive mindset and attitude you will succeed.

Bridget and Mel were really impressed that SFNC has adopted a Club that Cares attitude and established such a quality mentoring program to support our youth and wider community.

The Junior Mentoring Program has been established to compliment what we are doing on field in providing the opportunity to participate in team sport, but of equal importance to the Committee and Coaching team, ensure our youth become well rounded good citizens and community contributors when they exit our football and netball program be that at age 18 or 35.

We are confident this high-level mentoring program will firmly demonstrate to our youth that their Club and community believes in them and their future. SFNC is committed to invest and provide a nurturing environment to see each of our junior football and netball participants become responsible well-balanced young adults who have aspirations and goals in striving to reach their full potential in the knowledge that their community cares.

Our next Mentoring session will be held on Tuesday 25th June at Lake Wendouree Football Club Function Room commencing at 7pm with the topic of drugs and alcohol education.

The session will discuss the three commonly used drugs in society and we will discuss the effects it has on the individual, family and community. We will also talk about alcohol and addiction and what it does to the brain including tips on how to minimise drinking and what an alcohol plan looks like

Once again SFNC greatly appreciates the support of Ballan & District Community Bank and we continue to advocate for all associated with our Club to support Ballan & District Community Bank whose financial backing of our Mentoring Program is greatly appreciated. Please support the Bank that supports our Club.