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Youth Leadership in the Glenelg Shire

2019 Western Bulldogs Leadership Program

2019 Western Bulldogs Leadership Program
Nominations for the Glenelg Shire Western Bulldogs Leadership Program 2019 are closed. With nominations for the 2020 program due to open from early February 2020.

To be eligible to apply you must be a Glenelg Shire resident, age 16 and under as of 1 January the year you are applying and enrolled in Years 9 or 10 or equivalent. You do not have to excel athletically or play a sport to be involved in the program, we are looking for motivated community minded young people who want to develop their leadership skills.

To self-nominate or to nominate a young person you need to complete an online application form – keep an eye on the Glenelg Shire Youth Facebook page. Selection of participants is based on the information provided in the application so please provide as much detail as possible to ensure the best chance of being selected for the program.

For further information please contact Cathryn Walder, Youth Development Officer, on 03 5522 2137 or email

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program

Glenelg Shire Council became the first regional council to partner with the Western Bulldogs Leadership Program in 2014 with 9 workshops delivered at sites across the Shire as well as two weekend camps in Melbourne.

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program is an initiative of the Western Bulldogs Football Club in collaboration with metro councils, one regional council (Glenelg Shire), AFL, AFL Victoria, CDC Victoria, Sport and Recreation Victoria, Victoria University and the Western Region Football League.

Using sport as a vehicle, The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program capitalises on the educational resources (community partnerships, facilities, players, coaches, staff) available at the Western Bulldogs and its partner agencies to provide a unique capacity building program designed to inspire and educate the next generation of community leaders in Victoria’s western region by providing selected young leaders with high value experiential leadership opportunities.

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program partners with organisations and agencies from a broad range of sectors (education, sport, health, youth and community) to provide young leaders with a variety of leadership and life perspectives and experiences.

Opportunities for the young people to connect with their Council and community are provided through Council facilitated sessions and completion of a Community Leadership Project, an initiative designed to develop the young people’s social awareness and project management skills.

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program caters for 16-18 male and female Year 9 and 10 students, who embark on a six month enrichment program.

Through participation in The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program , Young Leaders receive nationally recognised coaching qualifications from AFL Victoria, attend Western Bulldogs matches, attend workshops facilitated by high profile guest speakers, connect with their local council and community and develop lifelong skills.

Nominations for The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program open in February each year and young people are selected based on the strength of their application and responses to the key selection criteria.

Although The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program does involve participation in physical activity, sporting ability is not considered in the selection process. The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program is a community focussed initiative designed to attract young leaders who possess a keen interest to develop personal and professional qualities.

If you would like more information on The Western Bulldogs Leadership Program , please call Cathryn Walder on (03) 5522 2137 or email or visit

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project participants for 2019

Schools represented include Bayview College, Heywood and District Secondary College, Portland Secondary College and Casterton Secondary College.

Adeline Pritchard
Adrian Baker
Ailish Duro
Charlee Ferguson
Gabriella Conheady
Georgia McPeake
Hannah Luers
Heidi Jones
Jack Simonds
Jack Walsh
Jack Fisher
Kai Purcell
Kira Beal
Lilly Perkins
Marika McKellar
Sam McDonald
Tyler Woolley
Violet Bamblett

Participants selected for the 2018 Western Bulldogs Leadership project were:

Maddison Argall
Ally Bamford
Cooper Barclay
Cassidy Beal
Jade Beattie
Zahn Beattie
Thomas Drew
Jack Fadersen
Nakaya Frankland
Tarli Kerr
Madison Mutch
Paije Rose-Maher
Alexander Sealey
Thomas Searle
Maisie Sheahan
Lachie Warburton

The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project participants for 2019
2019 Western Bulldogs Participants
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