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New sport alliance to support at-risk young people

Sports stars to mentor troubled kids in Victorian youth justice centres.

Via The Herald Sun.

Melbourne Storm have joined a new alliance of Victorian sporting codes, clubs and the State Government which will see some of the state’s biggest names mentoring troubled kids in youth justice centres in a bid to help them turn their lives around.

Sporting academies will be established inside youth justice centres at Malmsbury and Parkville under the $1.4 million program, with the backing of the AFL, Netball Victoria, Melbourne Storm, Football Victoria, Basketball Victoria, and other leading groups.

Storm CEO, Dave Donaghy, joined Victorian Crime Prevention Minister Ben Carroll who said sporting codes and individual clubs were already doing good work for young people in the community, however the $1.4 million alliance will focusing their combined efforts toward crime prevention.

“We are going to leverage sport, to make sure young people at risk live a life of purpose,” Mr Carroll said.

Donaghy said sport had the ability to bring people together, and the new investment would enable the club to double the number of disengaged young people supported through its In League In Harmony program.

“Melbourne Storm is a club that aims to be leaders on and off the field. Our coaches and players are always looking to be the best they possibly can each week and, through this partnership with the Victorian Government, we hope to inspire and help young people to reach their potential and become leaders in their own right.”

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