Veterans SA is proud to be sponsoring the Port Adelaide Football Club’s (PAFC) 2023 Australian Defence Force Veterans Program.
Drawing on the similarities of transitioning from high-performing environments, ex-AFL players and former serving members of the Australian Defence Force will come together over a six-week period to recognise a sense of purpose, resilience, and community connection.
Together, participants will address challenges associated with the process of transitioning, as well as mental health and wellbeing, goal setting, relationships and leadership through presentations by skilled professionals, past Port Adelaide players and organisations.
The first workshop, held earlier this week, focused on enhancing mental wellbeing and developing a growth mindset. Presented by the club’s Performance Mindset Coach, David Steventon, and former team captain, Travis Boak, the session covered addressing and moving past fear, learning to trust oneself and how to develop a clear vision of who you want to be.
Community Programs Coordinator at PAFC, Will Northeast, said the club is excited to have launched another round of the program.
“With 51 veterans involved this year, the program has now reached 133 members,” said Mr Northeast.
“We see some parallels between the Military and AFL with the high structured and performance-based environments and then, more importantly, the transition period and finding identity and purpose post serving and playing.”
Director of Veterans SA, Chantelle Bohan, explained the program is invaluable to the local veteran community.
“Now in its third year, the PAFC ADF Veterans Program assists our former serving members by equipping them with unique, useful and meaningful tools that can be used throughout transition and beyond,” said Ms Bohan.
“Veterans SA are excited to be supporting such a successful initiative and look forward to seeing the connections built by the participants.”
Mr Northeast said PAFC are grateful for Veterans SA’s involvement.
“We are grateful to have Veterans SA involved as a partner this year and look forward to creating new connections over the coming weeks of the program.”
PAFC has a strong connection to military service with 164 players over the club’s 152-year history having served.
The 2023 program is currently at capacity with a waitlist. Find out more and express your interest for the future programs.