Our Community Programs
The Panthers Group takes pride in its position as a community owned organisation. The contribution a registered club plays in its community varies, however profits of the group provide improved facilities and benefits to our members and communities including our 'Panthers on the Prowl' Community Development Foundation and other community programs.
Our largest community program is Panthers on the Prowl which has supported over 25,000 children since 2000. Panthers on the Prowl is a unique program and assists the local community by providing access to programs and resources relating to healthy lifestyles and the provision of specific initiatives targeting students at risk of disengaging from the school curriculum. Panthers Rugby League players support the children via many different programs including reading and learning programs in the classroom at Panthers Stadium each week. Panthers Penrith Leagues Clubs donate well over $100,000 annually to the program.
We have developed a close relationship with over 250 schools in Western Sydney with our current programmes reaching over 6000 kids in the region. With over 9,000 registered players the Penrith Junior Rugby League is the largest Rugby League nursery nationally. We have 22 rugby league clubs that play over 5,000 games every season in our local area. 445 junior teams and 90 senior teams. Our programs have been designed to create positive and enduring outcomes for program participants, on and off the field.
The Panthers community programs have been established to support our local community. Our programs are aimed at utilising the positive profile of our players and the game of rugby league to support and encourage the Western Sydney Community. We are currently developing a state of the art community facility that will a deliver enhance social and sporting opportunities to the people of Western Sydney.
Overall we aim to promote rugby league as a means of delivering health benefits, education and community engagement and to use the profile and the strength of the Panthers brand to assist selected community groups.
We have designed our community programs around a 4 pillar framework.
- Social Inclusion
Panthers provides partnership opportunities across a range of programs and activities to deliver innovative and effective community work. Ask us about how Panthers can assist your business to deliver your Corporate Social Responsibility obligations aswell as provide an engaging and rewarding experience within our community.
Panthers have four programs delivered under our core pillars. Below you can find a general overview of the programs.
The Adopt-a-school program is providing a long-term social commitment to the Penrith district school community, giving participating schools the opportunity to utilise their 'adopted' Penrith Panthers Player as a role model for their students.
The Top 25 Panthers NRL Players visit schools in the local community and have involvement in curriculum activities, sporting clinics, school assemblies and a variety of other school activities working around their training schedule.
Each player is allocated one school per term and visits their school once a month. Targeting over 6000 kids a year and 250 schools in Western Sydney.
Each student receives the following
- Stationary kit
- Tickets to a Panthers home game
- Player interaction
STICKS TO STADIUM
Panthers is proud to run Sticks to Stadium – a community program designed to inspire Indigenous youth from regional communities
Indigenous Sticks to Stadium program sponsors indigenous youth aged between 8 & 16 yrs from regional NSW for a four day, three night visit to Penrith to experience once in a lifetime experiences with the Panthers team. This program financially supports and coordinates the all components of the program.
This includes Accommodation, Academy tour, Muru Mittigar visit, Fitness session with Redfern police & South Sydney PCY, Panthers home game attendance with inner sanctum experience for the kids, all meals, a day trip to Sydney to visit Rugby League Central Museum and much more.
BORN TO BE A PANTHER
The Born to be a Panther program provides any new born child born at Nepean Hospital, Blacktown and Blue Mountains Hospital a complimentary Panthers supporter pack. In the pack the family receive a free baby beanie, baby bib, teddy bear and a Born to be a Panther birth certificate signed by head coach Anthony Griffin and Panthers Executive General Manager of Rugby League, Phil Gould AM.
Included in the packs are:
- Baby Beanie
- Baby Bib
- Born to be a Panther Birth Certificate signed by head coach Anthony Griffin and Panthers Executive General Manager of Rugby League, Phil Gould AM.
Junior Rugby League Players have the fantastic opportunity to rub shoulders with players from the Penrith Panthers in Play like a Panthers clinics held throughout the season.
The clinics include basic skills, drills and games involving passing, catching, kicking and tackling, with registered participants working with players such as Trent Merrin, Tyrone Peachey and Josh Mansour and the rest of the Penrith Panthers squad.
The clinics allow up to 200 participants to take part each time is always a big hit.