About the project

Inclusivity and DIversity is one of the Sharks Have Heart three pillars, creating equal opportunities for everyone in the community is something we strongly believe in. We have recently been able to take big steps forward in this space as we continue to make a real difference in the Sutherland Shire community.

Within our pillar of 'Inclusivity and Diversity' we have developed 8 programs we are very proud of, these include:

Mega Jaws

This is a school holiday clinic offered to children with additional needs who are unable to take part in mainstream holiday clinics. Launched in 2017, we hold 4 Mega Jaws clinics each year and are looking to grow this in the future to ensure every child and their family have the chance to experience rugby league and holiday clinic fun. This clinic is completely free to those children and families who participate.


A Sharks Have Heart-supported program for children on the Autism Spectrum or with additional needs.

This program combines sport, fun and therapy, Skillz4me sessions focus on building confidence, improving social skills, coordination and balance, stimulating neural pathways, eye tracking and concentration, in a healthy, safe and friendly environment.

Deadly Choices

An initiative that aims to improve the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around living healthy lifestyles. Deadly Choices incorporates a number of behaviour change programs to improve the health and well-being of the community. 

Tomorrows Stars

A strategic program aimed at delivering age appropriate careers information based on students academic levels and careers interests.

School to Work

One-on-one support with a project officer to build career development plans focused on career aspirations and personal goals. Students participate in educational, cultural and leadership workshops, while also given the opportunity to undertake work experience. The program currently has a 98% success rate in moving students into full time work or study once finishing their HSC.


Footy Fever

In partnership with local area police command, Footy Fever is a 10-week program where each week a different presenter will cover topics such as anger management, drugs and alcohol, healthy eating and crime avoidance.


Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program

Presented by Elder Aunt Deanna Schreiber, the program teaches students about Aboriginal culture with a focus on traditional tools and items used for hunting, recreation, food gathering and music, while also showcasing traditional Aboriginal dance and painting.

Kick Start

Running over 18 weeks, participants are taken for a weekly fitness session, and are also provided with a healthy breakfast, then dropped off at school. Each participant is provided with a mentor. 

Sharks Buddies

This program was launched in partnership with Gig Buddies and its aim is to allow those in the community with additional needs to attend a Sharks game as they would usually face social isolation in this setting. This program achieves this social inclusion by partnering up those with a disability, with a 'buddy' who is someone that would usually attend rugby league games.

You can find out more about each of these programs on our website - Sharkshaveheart.com.au


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  • Amanda Hobson

    In Memory of Peter Tavener, who loved his Sharkies

  • Shaun Cronin

    From Cronulla Lions club

  • Prefect Body

    From Kirrawee High School Class of 2020 to the amazing Sharks Have Heart team! Many thanks for all of your work.

  • Melissa Kenehan

    Monies raised from our Year 12 Students.

  • Craig Douglass

    For several years we’ve been proud supporters of Sharks Have Heart! Thanks, Craig Douglass Gymea Bay PS Kirrawee HS

  • Dom Cooper

    Congratulations on this great initiative. Dewsbury Celtic

  • Peter Stewart

    Its great for the club and players to help the community like this.


    Up up!

  • Craig Douglass

    Sports Travel Academy based in North Carolina in the USA organize study abroad programs for uni students interested in the Global Sport & Health Industry as well as International Sports Team travel. The owner Craig Douglass is a Shire Boy and lifelong Sharks supporter. Once or twice a year the Sharks welcome our American students who are studying sport management or sport medicine to visit the club and we are very grateful and happy to annually support the Sharks Have Heart Program.

  • Miranda North Vacation Care Ref Jason Stanton

    Thank you very much kids had a ball. Best experience of their lives.

  • Brad Foyle

    Up Up Cronulla

  • Jake McArdle

    The skills4me group with the Cronulla Sharks which promotes inclusivity for children with autism and additional needs motivated me to donate. love it!

  • Greg Garling

    What a wonderful idea by a great bunch of people trying to make a difference.

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