New ‘Game Changer’ initiative to launch in Port Pirie

PROGRAM: Rhys Millington, left, of Mid North STARCLUB, council's James Holyman and EML's Jodie Bischoff and Alex Flint are seeking leaders of the future among our sport clubs. They are at the new Memorial Oval stadium.
PROGRAM: Rhys Millington, left, of Mid North STARCLUB, council's James Holyman and EML's Jodie Bischoff and Alex Flint are seeking leaders of the future among our sport clubs. They are at the new Memorial Oval stadium.

An exciting new leadership program will be launched in Port Pirie soon.

It will be aimed at building community resilience, developing the region’s new generation of leaders and helping tackle major social issues.

The Game Changer program initiated and funded by EML, with support from Port Pirie Regional Council, will be rolled out in sport clubs

Port Pirie is the latest regional community to secure the program after a successful trial in the Riverland last year.

Sponsor EML is a national workers’ compensation claims management mutual organisation that helps people “get their lives back”.

Renowned for consistently delivering customer care with integrity, EML helps employers and injured and sick workers. It invests in services and research to help create safer workplaces and prevent injury.

“Feedback from the Riverland program was tremendous, with the graduates providing a shining example of young leadership in the region,” said Jodie Bischoff, EML Member Benefits and Business Partnerships Manager.

“It is about partnering and engaging with communities to facilitate development of the skills and leadership required to help build a prosperous future.”

James Holyman, who is Corporate and Community Director with Port Pirie Regional Council, which is a major partner in the initiative, said this was a great opportunity to not only support existing club members, but to grow leaders.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to mentor and support our youth and to provide programs that will then keep them within our community,” he said.

The Game Changer offers three components:

*A leadership program which will see participants aged between 18 and 35 years complete a Certificate Four in Leadership and Management through TAFE SA.

*An educational and mentoring program through Outside The Locker Room.

*Mental Health First Aid certification.

“As well as providing participants with educational support that they need to become mentors, we are also upskilling young leaders to better deal with social issues such as drugs and alcohol, family violence, mental health and suicide prevention,” Ms Bischoff said.

Clubs will be invited to nominate to participate in the program.

“Clubs are often the heartbeat of rural communities so they provide the perfect vehicle for upskilling through empowerment, education and leadership,” said Rhys Millington, Mid North STARCLUB Field Officer..

“The program will provide clubs with the opportunity to develop the next generation of leaders, benefiting not only their club and community, but the individuals both on and off the field.” 

Clubs or individuals wanting more information should contact Jodie Bischoff on j.bischoff@eml.com.au or 8127 1100 or Mid North STARCLUB on starclub@pirie.sa.gov.au or 0488 101 783.

The program could be a life-saver for young people and warrants the support of the community.

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