Inclusivity is an important component within the Sutherland Shire community. At Sharks Have Heart we look to provide equal opportunities to create a unified community.
2019 Additional Needs Clinic
Focus: Inclusive rugby league skills program.
Audience: People of all ages with a disability, who have an interest in Rugby League.
Delivery: Creating a safe and enjoyable environment for which young people with a disability can enjoy learning new skills. Delivered at the PointsBet Stadium, participants take part in fun, rugby league themed activities.
Outcomes: The Mega Jaws clinic is delivered to over 100 young people with a disability each year, providing an inclusive program for which everyone feels welcomed and learns new skills.
Focus: Building confidence, improving social skills, coordination, balance, stimulating neural pathways, communication and eye tracking.
Audience: Children on the Autism Spectrum or with additional needs.
Delivery: Skillz4Me is a FREE activity & therapy program for children of all abilities. The program combines occupational therapists, social workers, early childhood teachers, support workers and coaches all in the one environment to assist families.
Outcomes: In 2020, 122 children attended weekly sessions to improve social interaction and confidence, while also progressing their sporting skills on an individual level.
Results: 75% of participants recorded an improvement in sports skills.
68% of participants recorded an improvement in social skills.
Focus: Reducing isolation through providing students with a disability the opportunity to take part in sports/skills programs with Sharks players they may not otherwise have the chance to.
Audience: Students facing the challenges of autism and other additional needs.
Delivery: The program is delivered in safe and fun environment for the students with one-to-one attention from staff members and Sharks players, ensuring all students have the opportunity to take part.
Outcomes: Building confidence and increasing social engagement and basic skills development for students with additional needs.