Since 2015 we’ve proudly supported the Saints as a Principal Partner and their official lender. In 2020, we re-signed with the Saints and also became a Community Partner,  expanding our focus to include various community initiatives to help make a real difference in areas of the community that are traditionally under-served.

We are proud to be supporting initiatives that champion inclusiveness and diversity, some of which include SaintsPlay, Point and Be Proud Program, Play To Your Strengths, the Saints’ multicultural ambassador program and St Kilda’s deaf, blind and wheelchair football teams.

In October 2021, we renewed our partnership until the end of the 2023 season. into celebrate, we launched the Real Life Fund with the Saints. This community grant program will see $30,000 available for local community groups – in addition to existing community program work supported by Pepper Money.

The Real Life Fund is centred around three key community streams:

Footy for All
Footy for All
Inclusion & Diversity
Inclusion & Diversity
Mental Health
Mental Health

Clubs and groups will be able to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to execute programs or projects throughout the 2022 calendar year.

 

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Get to know the Saints more in their Real Life Moments

Connection, community and helping others:

Meet the Angels

The Angels, a much-loved supporter group of the club, were recently recognised, celebrated and gifted 100 memberships in their name, all thanks to club Community Partner Pepper Money.

A group of volunteers ranging in ages and backgrounds, the Angels are bonded by their love of the Saints and have been supporting and feeding the club for 35 years. Their volunteering work includes fundraising, player sponsorship and serving up food for the football department.

The Angels have donated those 100 memberships to St Kilda Football Club’s Community Team, which were then handed on to students of its All Nations School Program.

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SaintsPlay Stories:

Kaitlyn Nawrocki’s first taste of footy

Meet Kaitlyn, a 7-year-old blind girl who isn’t able to have many of the same experiences as other kids her age. She has to deal with a lot of challenges every day, and it can be tough for her to take part in community sport. But thanks to SaintsPlay, she was able to come and try football for the first time.

SaintsPlay is a program catered to children with autism and other learning disabilities. The program enables them to come down and enjoy themselves in a safe environment.

Often we can take for granted the things that come so easily to us, or are second-nature. Kaitlyn’s happiness at learning a new skill is a reminder of the importance of community programs and what they can do.

As Co-Principal and Community Partner of St Kilda Football Club, we're proud to be able to support the Saints with these wonderful initiatives. You can read more about Kaitlyn's story below.

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VWFL Saints versus Richmond:

Wheelchair footy at a glance

This week we take a deep dive into the world of Wheelchair footy with a close look at the VWFL Saints recent Victorian Wheelchair Football League clash against Richmond.

Wheelchair footy rules at a glance:

  • Played on an indoor basketball/netball court between two teams of five, plus interchange players. The game consists of four 10-minute quarters with no time-on. The field is divided into three zones: a centre zone and two scoring zones. Players are restricted to which zone they can enter and are required to wear a coloured item to differentiate themselves as either a forward, centre or back.

  • A handball is equivalent to a kick and a thrown ball equivalent to a pass. The ball may not be thrown overarm. A mark is awarded when the ball has travelled three or more metres.

  • Teams score by handballing or passing the football into their attacking scoring zone to the designated scorer, who can score a goal or behind by handballing the ball between the goal posts.

Keen to see the game in action?

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Tarni White's inspirational journey:

AFL now blossoming in the Sunshine State

This week we meet Tarni White, a Queenslander who turned her back on rugby to pursue her love of AFL in the Sunshine State. She discusses the challenges she has overcome getting into the sport, where for six straight seasons she was the only female player at her all-male local club, Wynnum Vikings – for whom she became the first female to play 100 games for the club.

Ten years on she’s now a member of the Saints first team squad and her rise has been a shining inspiration in driving women’s participation within the region. Wynnum Vikings now with fields a number of all-female teams and annually announces the Tarni White Rising Star Award to the best first-year player regardless of age category or gender.

Still only 20 years old, Tarni has already played  a huge part in paving the way for the younger generation of women's AFL players in Queensland. You can read more about her achievements here.

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Have a look below to see the great initiatives we have worked on with St Kilda over the last year:

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