The official charity of the AFLPA (AFL Players Association) Ladder is an independent not-for-profit organisation established in 2007 to help young people aged 16 – 25 break the cycle of homelessness. The program is alive and kicking in Geelong and 2017 marks another year where the importance of football and its ability to create change in the lives of people will once again be on display.
The Geelong arm of Ladder works in conjunction with many local organisations and services including Unison Housing, Barwon Child Youth & Family (BCYF), The Geelong Football Club, Public Transport Victoria and Cotton On to achieve great outcomes for young people within the program.
The Ladder program is a strengths based focussed program which helps young people work towards taking control of their lives through promoting independence, health and wellbeing and the achievement of individual potential.
The program is also supported by numerous local businesses and not for profit organisations some of whom have this year helped young people play footy through contributing to registration fees, purchasing footy boots or donating mouthguards.
“Footy is a unique game that can bring us so much and for a young person experiencing homelessness the connection that a footy club can provide is priceless,” says Ladder Geelong Development Coach Oscar Owens. “Footy can bring self-esteem, smiles, pride and enjoyment and everyone deserves the opportunity to feel these things regardless of economic or residential status.”
If you would like to learn more about the Ladder program or about how you can assist the young people in the program work on achieving their goals feel free to contact Oscar on 0438 270 204 or visit www.ladder.org.au.