Hawks partner with Bass Coast Shire Council
Hawthorn Football Club and Box Hill Hawks are proud to announce a new partnership with Bass Coast Shire Council.
The deal will see Hawthorn and Bass Coast Shire Council work
collaboratively towards driving greater football participation in the women’s
space as well as promoting the south-east Victorian region.
Hawthorn and Box Hill Hawks will also endeavour to host a
VFL/VFLW double-header fixture in the region over the course of the respective
sides’ 2022 campaigns.
As the Hawks set their sights on the club’s entry into the AFLW
competition later this year, the Bass Coast Shire Council is eager to align with
the club through this exciting developmental phase.
Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves says the partnership forms another
significant step in the club’s pursuit to grow its women’s football program as
well as the broader women’s football community.
“We’re really pleased to be partnering with the Bass Coast
Shire Council as we stand on the cusp of a historic period for the club ahead
of our move into the AFLW,” Reeves said.
“The club and the Bass Coast Shire Council are very much
aligned in our views in this space and we’re excited by their passion
to be involved.
“We hope this partnership can evolve over the coming years to a
point where the region sees greater opportunity and exposure at the
professional sport level.”
Box Hill President Ed Sill said it was important that the club
continued to play its role in supporting the growth of the game.
“This partnership further cements our
club’s commitment to supporting pathway programs throughout the
region,” Sill said.
Bass Coast Shire Chief Executive Ali Wastie welcomed the
partnership with Hawthorn Football Club and, in particular, the club’s incoming
"Bass Coast residents are proud sport lovers. This landmark
partnership with the Hawthorn Football Club is a bold and significant step
forward for the region as we cement and grow our relationship with the sport
closest to Victorians’ hearts,'' Ms Wastie said.
"As Victoria's fastest rising regional population per capita,
this is not only an important recognition for Bass Coast but reflects our deep
commitment to gender equality, inclusion and diversity.
"We look forward to discussing funding
opportunities with both the State and
Federal Government to help deliver improvements
to the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve. We are one of Victoria’s fastest
growing regional communities and we want to provide a great experience to
all players and fans.''