Making a Difference
because We care
Goodwood Saints is a community footy club. As an inclusive and socially responsible club, we have a number of community initiatives and place a strong emphasis on serving our community.
We have worked very hard to establish our position within our community and the football fraternity, and we continually strive to maintain and improve in every way.
City of Unley Australia Day Awards – Best Community Event 2017
Good Sports Club of the Year for South Australia 2017
Clubs SA Best Community Spirit’ Award 2018
Paul Barnden – Pride of Australia winner C7s (SANFL Inclusive) Manager
what we do
Goodwood Saints – Part of the community 2019
Hutt St Centre Canteen Project
We have partnered with The Hutt Street Centre to tackle homelessness and now provide work and training opportunities in our canteen through the innovative Beans Talk Coffee program. Hutt St Centre aims to end homelessness for every person who walks through their doors, with care and without judgement.
Luke McLean – I am Worthmore
Luke McLean (former SANFL & AFL footballer) openly shared his story to help break down barriers, instead of being told what to do, I Am Worthmore showed what has worked to manage and improve mental health.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May – Goodwood Oval - Lace up for Lynne (Breast Cancer Awareness)
On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May the entire Goodwood Saints Football Club will wear pink football laces to raise awareness and to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia. One of our players Simon Brooks lost his mother (Lynne Brooks) to Breast Cancer and has been the driving force behind this initiative. Many other sporting clubs have also got behind this cause and have worn pink laces in honour of Lynne and Breast Cancer Research.
Red Shield Appeal Sunday 26 May – Red Shield Appeal
The Goodwood Saints senior players and supporters will once again be out on the streets in Millswood collecting donations on behalf of the Salvation Army – Unley to assist in the fantastic work that the Salvation Army do for our community.
Patch the Heart Lion Foundation
Holeproof’s at The Highway Saturday 15 June – Patch the Lion Fundraiser
Our B Grade coach David Serotzki is the lead singer of the Holeproof’s band. They will play at The Highway to raise money for ‘Patch the Heart Lion Foundation’ associated with HeartKids. Patch is a positive role model to many children with Heart Disease – two heart mums Karen and Natalie have self-funded Patch and have seen their vision and dream come to reality.
Saturday 29 June
Goodwood Oval – Bennett Sparrow / David Baker beyond Blue Match
The Goodwood Saints FC will wear Beyond Blue socks in our Div 1 clash with the Tea Tree Gully FC. This match is traditionally played between our two clubs supporting beyondblue in memory of Bennett Sparrow who played for TTG and David Baker who was an assistant coach at the Saints from 95 – 98. Both committed suicide. All money raised goes to Beyond Blue.
Indigenous Match / White Ribbon
Saturday 28 July – Indigenous Match / White Ribbon – Goodwood Oval
The GSFC will wear their Indigenous Jumper in their match against the Port Districts Football Club. It’s our opportunity to make a difference, to show how a football club can bring community issues to the fore, and to influence people’s thinking. We have partnered with Lendlease, Hutt Street Centre and White Ribbon in an effort to raise awareness of Domestic Violence and homelessness. By highlighting these often hidden issues, we want to get people thinking about the gaps in education, employment, housing, health and wellbeing for Indigenous people. In particular - the Kuarna people, the traditional owners of the land that we meet and play on.
Growing with Gratitude Sports
Growing with Gratitude Sports builds and protects young athlete’s mental health. The program does this by teaching skills through sport based on gratitude, kindness, empathy, mindfulness and serving others, resulting in greater resilience and happiness. They help to do this during training sessions and matches. Furthermore, the program is teaching athletes the skills to overcome adversity and challenges, as well as teaching them to be good citizens. Exactly what our club strives to achieve.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services. Once again Headspace spoke with our U/16 boys and girls teams using an interactive teaching style that engages the players and helps them address some the issues that face young people today.
Kids Taught Life Support
Kids Taught Life Support – U15 boys U14 girls Kids Taught Life Support is delivered by Registered Nurse Romy Ottens (past player Chris Otten’s wife) and teaches our players how to respond to emergency situations, CPR on adult, child and baby manikins and how to place a person in the recovery position.