An exercise earlier this year, introduced the Blues to 16 different charitable organisations across Auckland. In teams of 8 or more, players were tasked with visiting a diverse short list of organisations to learn about the work they do in our community. Each team was then challenged to select just one organisation to re-visit for a half day of volunteering.
The initiative was a key part of the Blues 2018 Personal Development Programme which provides life skill education for players to use both on and off the field. Victoria Hood, the Blues Personal Development Manager, was thrilled with how the players embraced the concept and participated in the community projects.
“Authentic community engagement and volunteerism is valued by our club. Our project enabled players to learn about the diversity that exists in the Blues region, and key services essential for the positive development of our people”, says Victoria.
“The players spent a lot of time coming to a decision about which organisations to volunteer with. They really wanted to make sure that they’d add value to the excellent work that’s already being done by those who do so much to educate and support others.”
Last Wednesday, having settled on five organisations (because choosing four was just too hard) our men demonstrated their considerable off-field talents volunteering for; Feed the Need, Age Concern, Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service (TYMS), Youthtown and Youthline.
Singing and dancing skills are on show in this video capturing the Blues supporting the good work of their chosen organisations.