Northern Blues Football Club

01 Jan 2016

Northland Shopping Centre has partnered with the Northern Blues Football Club through the centre’s new community program which encourages people to support organisations in their local area.

The exciting partnership will see Northland fund an inaugural Northern Blues Primary Schools Program. Kicking off in term two, Northern Blues players will visit excited children at local primary schools including Preston Primary, Preston South Primary, Preston West Primary, Bell Primary and St Raphael’s Primary. The new primary school’s program has been developed with the aim of helping young kids in the Northland community to remain active, healthy and happy as well as assisting them in developing the skill sets that help build social relationships.

Northland Centre Manager, Michael Bickers is thrilled to be working with the Northern Blues Football Club to create a program that will resonate with all facets of the community. Bickers explains, “Sport has a proven ability to unite communities, drive learning and breakdown social barriers. This is especially important in our local community given its extensive cultural and socioeconomic diversity. We are delighted to be partnering with the Northern Blues Football Club to make this initiative possible.”

Northern Blues players will spread their motivational message of active living further than local primary schools by also being involved in youth mentoring and donating equipment to the Northland Youth Centre. The Youth Centre, located at Northland Shopping Centre, provides valuable support services and programs to young people who live, work, go to school or play in the City of Darebin.

The Northern Blues Football Club is one of the largest affiliations in Australian Rules Football (AFL) from the highest level to grassroots. As a Victorian Football League club, the Northern Blues are affiliated with AFL club Carlton. The alignment sees Carlton players regularly playing for the Northern Blues in the VFL as the club aims to help Carlton develop its younger players into regular AFL footballers. Signing on with the Northern Blues Football Club has driven Northland Shopping Centre to also link in with the Club’s charity partner, the Leukaemia Foundation.

Australia’s peak body for blood cancer, the Leukaemia Foundation, based in Preston, funds research and provides free services to support people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders, and their families.