We are delighted to share the news that our Love Bites program, supported by Sharks Have Heart, has won a Highly Commended award over the weekend within the education category of the Clubs NSW Awards Night!

This award is a fantastic recognition the wonderful partnership between Cronulla Sharks/ Sharks Have Heart and SSFS, and the outstanding impact that the program achieves in providing education and support about healthy relationships, consent, sexual assault and domestic and family violence to young people within our community.

Our thanks to Sharks Have Heart for their ongoing support of this important initiative, and to the professionals from SSFS and EDYS staff, Police, psychologists, DV counsellors, and other youth and family services organisations who volunteer their time to facilitate these sessions in schools.

Ashleigh Daines CEO of SSFS, Amber Schacht, Love Bites Program Co-ordinator, Sharks Leagues Club CEO Elie Bassil and Sharks Have Heart General Manager George Nour attended the night with other Leagues Club staff.

Developed by NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect), the Love Bites program, fitting comfortably within the Sharks Have Heart social impact pillar, has consistently reached over 1,200 Year 10 students each year since it was launched in 2011.

Sharks Have Heart, through their platinum partner Capital Bluestone and the Sharks Leagues Club, has helped to fund a part time coordinator for the acclaimed school-based domestic and family violence, sexual assault and consent awareness education program.

Love Bites works to deconstruct the myths that exist in the local community about domestic violence and sexual assault, with the program refreshed in line with community expectations.

The new program provides important messaging and education that is essential to helping young people grow and have respectful relationships.

The Sharks Leagues Club are proud supporters of the program and believe Love Bites deals with real issues within society that need to be addressed, with the benefit being it is a preventative educational program that is aimed at making a difference to future generations.

Held at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney and compared by radio and television personality Ben Fordham, with Clubs NSW Chairman George Peponis delivering the welcome address, the night celebrated and recognised the many stories of community contribution from registered Clubs across NSW.

The awards cover nine categories, representing the Clubs NSW core community values, capturing the relationships clubs have with individuals, local groups and with other clubs.