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Monday, 12th December, 2011

A WINNING TEAM: Slater and Gordon lawyer Samantha Harvey and local GWS Giants Academy coach Dale Tonkin. A WINNING TEAM: Slater and Gordon lawyer Samantha Harvey and local GWS Giants Academy coach Dale Tonkin.

The local Greater Western Sydney football academy has been given a welcome kick along with law firm Slater and Gordon coming on board as a major sponsor.

Throughout the 2012 AFL season the academy will be known as the Slater & Gordon Giants Academy. 

It will nurture young talent between 14 and 18 years old as well as develop the skills that could see the youngsters recruited in the AFL draft in years to come.

GWS GIANTS Head Coach, Kevin Sheedy, applauded Slater & Gordon for its commitment to the partnership.

“The Slater & Gordon Giants Academy is a great opportunity to develop young, home grown talent from New South Wales, the ACT and Northern Territory and it would be wonderful to think that in a few years from now some of these young players will pull on a Giants jumper,” said Sheedy. 

Slater & Gordon BH Office lawyer, Samantha Harvey, said the firm was proud to be a Platinum Partner of the Academy and remained committed to engaging with local communities.

“We are extremely proud to support the Academy throughout the GWS Giants inaugural year,” Harvey said.

“...we are pleased to get behind an academy like this, which will give specialist support to a group of young footballers who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to excel on and off the footy ground.

“Slater & Gordon has 18 across offices throughout New South Wales, and we are confident that the Giants academy will benefit entire communities across the Western suburbs of Sydney, regional NSW and the ACT.” 

BH Academy Coach, Dale Tonkin, said that like the GWS Giants, the Slater & Gordon Giants Academy was looking forward to expanding the program to develop not only footy skills, but also the all round development of these young people. 

“This program looks broadly at what skills young people need to develop strong, positive careers. This includes nutrition and fitness, addressing risk taking behaviour and the importance of education.

“We believe these things are all vital and that football is a great vehicle to teach these life skills. At its core, Slater & Gordon share the same vision for this region as the academy and we are looking forward to working together with them.”

According to Lachlan Buszard, GWS GIANTS Academy Manager, a partnership with Slater & Gordon which has a strong presence in Greater Western Sydney will be fundamental to the success of the club.

“It’s great to be working with Slater & Gordon who is represented so heavily across not only greater Western Sydney but also regional NSW,” Mr Buszard said. 

“This partnership represents our ongoing commitment to work with Australian businesses to provide a holistic approach to player development from Broken Hill to Canberra.”


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