Journal article

Western Bulldogs Sons of the West Program ripple effects: building community capacity

Lucio Naccarella, David Pickering-Gummer, Dimity Gannon, Catherine Dell'Aquila, Alyssa Huxtable, Kieran Keane



Professional sporting organisations can provide lifestyle-based community health improvement programs. Since 2014, the Western Bulldogs Australian Football League Club, through its Western Bulldogs Community Foundation (WBCF), has invested with community partners in the Sons of the West (SOTW) Program, a 10-week program targeted at hard-to-reach men aged ≥18 years living in Victoria's West. The SOTW Program aims to increase its participants' physical activity, social connectedness and overall health. Evaluations by the WBCF revealed the SOTW is positively contributing to improved healthier lifestyles and health of participants. Anecdotal reports revealed the SOTW was creating ripples far bey..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This evaluation was funded by the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation through contributions from State Government of Victoria (Department of Health and Human Services), Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Watergardens Town Centre, Employers Mutual Limited, North West Melbourne Primary Health Network and the Helen MacPherson Smith Trust. We acknowledge the contribution and support from several major program partners and thank all who assisted in the delivery of the 2016 and 2017 SOTW Programs. Wealso thank the SOTW Program participants, as without their cooperation, these evaluations would not have been possible.