Outside the Locker Room secure $1.75 million funding

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

Since bringing Outside the Locker Room to Western Australia in 2017, the Perth Football Club have been the proud supporters of this program.

The program provides welfare and education to sporting clubs and schools across Australia, focusing on mental health, drugs, alcohol, gambling and domestic violence.

It offers a non-judgemental and supportive process that players, students and staff can access to seek support for themselves, a friend or family member, utilising a range of different platforms, including a free downloadable app which gives support around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

On Saturday, the announcement was made by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt that Outside the Locker Room has secured $1.75 million of funding for the program to boost its WA presence.

Founder Jake Edwards announced that the funding would be rolled out over five years to 500 sporting clubs and 250 schools in WA.

“As many of us know, sporting clubs are a home away from home for many participants. When there is trouble at home, or there isn’t the ability to talk about a problem at home, it is natural for participants to turn to their local club,” CEO Marty Atkins stated.

“Outside the Locker Room provides clubs with a support system to give practical help to our players, coaches, support staff and administration staff when facing difficulties.”

“Hearing this announcement is great news for other sports and organisations within our state as this funding will ensure that many other clubs will experience the benefits our club has experienced since engaging Outside the Locker Room.”