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Participants in the Whitten Project speak about the program.

January 13, 2013  2:49 PM


Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination to participate in The Whitten Project 2016.

Candidates will be selected from a panel of Local Council representatives based on the strength of the responses in their nomination.

You will be notified via email regarding the outcome of your nomination in mid-April.


Established by the Western Bulldogs in 2013 The Whitten Project offers unique opportunities for young people to build confidence make new friendships and develop skills that will enable them to become future leaders in their community.

Named in honour of club legend and inspirational leader Ted Whitten who played 321 games for the club between 1951 and 1970 the five month program is made up of fun, interactive and challenging workshops delivered by respected industry leaders and role models.  

Made possible by the generous support of local government The Whitten Project offers practical and theory based activities designed to enhance participant’s capacities in: leadership, teamwork, communication, goal setting, support networks, resilience and community engagement.

Participation in The Whitten Project is free and participants receive a complimentary program uniform, Western Bulldogs membership, program resource book and framed certificate of graduation upon completion of the program.


The Whitten Project is open to males and females in years 9 or 10 who live within the municipalities of: Ballarat, Glenelg, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton or Moonee Valley.

Note  - Brimbank City Council will not be seeking nominations in 2016, instead will be working with identified groups to identify participants for involvement in line with Councils Youth Strategy.

Candidates need not excel athletically or even play sport to be considered. We are looking for self-motivated young people with the potential to become future leaders in their community.

Participation also requires a commitment to attend 80% of core program workshops delivered between April and September.

Due to the popularity of the program, candidates are required to submit a nomination form describing their motivations to participate in the program.


The Whitten Project is an experience like no other.

Offering a broad range of activities designed to meet the various needs of our participant group The Whitten Project includes: practical team building challenges, careers expositions, mentoring from respected industry leaders, coaching courses, AFL and Netball match visits, Western Bulldogs volunteer opportunities, council workshops and much more!

Workshops are typically held on a Wednesday afternoon at Whitten Oval from 4:30pm – 7:30pm although some workshops are held on weekends and school holidays when additional time is required.

The program caters for up to 80 young people from the participating councils who meet regularly to develop skills and behaviours that will deliver lifelong benefits to the individual and their community. 

The program is guided by a structured curriculum provided by Victoria University and provides participants with opportunities make a meaningful contribution to their local community by undertaking a Community Leadership Project (CLP). The CLP requires council groups to select a community issue they are passionate about and plan, implement and deliver a basic initiative designed to improve the problem.

Participants are supervised at all times by experienced staff that create engaging and safe environments for participants to learn and challenge themselves.


To view the Melbourne schedule please click here.

To view the Glenelg schedule please click here.

To view the Ballarat schedule please click here.



Due to the popularity of The Whitten Project, candidates must apply to participate by completing an online nomination form.

The nomination form is available online from The Whitten Project website –

Nominations open Monday 29th February and close Friday 18th March. 

Nominations can be completed via two avenues;

  1. Self - completed by a prospective participant or
  2. Adult - a referral from a parent, school teacher, coach etc

Participants are selected based on the strength of the responses in their nomination so please take the time to provide detailed answers. 

All applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their nomination in mid-April.


For more information please contact Western Bulldogs Community Leadership Manager Mark De Campo on 9680 6307 or via email at


“I have thoroughly enjoyed the Whitten project, not only because you learn so many new skills and so much about yourself, but for the friends I have made along the way."

 “The skills and knowledge I have gained throughout The Whitten Project will be with me forever and hopefully give me an edge over others when applying for jobs or partaking in interviews."

“The Whitten Project has played a special role in shaping who I am as a person today. It has allowed me to expand my professional and social networks and connect with my local council."

“The activities and challenges we completed have given us skills that will relate to many things later in life. Skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership, how to set goals and the ability to inspire".

“We have been very impressed with the positive impact the program has had on our son. He is even more confident, driven and focused than he already was and has taken very positive steps towards what we believe ill be a brilliant future."

The Whitten Project Program Partners