More than a football club - the Western Bulldogs are active citizens in the community. The Club’s approach to Ballarat and Western Victoria is no different.

The Bulldogs continue to conduct a range of activities within Ballarat and Western Victoria and have built relationships in the local communities, as well as having a large impact on an individual level with the people of Ballarat and Western Victoria.

The Community Foundation run Men’s Health and Wellbeing program Sons of the West (SOTW) and Women’s Health and Wellbeing program Daughters of the West which much success, these programs support men and women in Ballarat and Maryborough to lead healthier lives.

The Youth Leadership Project provides young people with hands on opportunities to become engaged in a learning pathway and grow as social leaders and develops skills that will enable them to become future leaders in their community.  The Ballarat Leadership Project groups have won two City of Ballarat Youth Group Awards for their work in the local community. 

Specific to Ballarat the Western Bulldogs Football Club conduct the Bulldogs Read Literacy Program in conjunction with the City of Ballarat.

The program is aimed at giving middle primary students an opportunity to participate in reading and writing workshops, activities and events in conjunction with the Western Bulldogs Football Club, the City of Ballarat Libraries and primary schools in the Ballarat region.

Bulldogs Read aims to increase students’ connection with literacy and sport, and encourage them to read and exercise.

Throughout the year the Club continue to host a range of footy and training sessions in Ballarat including clinics for school children, Auskick Roadshows for junior footy fans and are the naming rights sponsor for the Ballarat FNL Under 9 junior development competition.

The Western Bulldogs also provide activations at local community events including Begonia Festival, the Ballarat Show and SpringFest Market to name a few.

The Club has a permanent presence in Ballarat to support the delivery of community and school programs and the commitment to play two games at an AFL standard at Mars Stadium.

The Bulldogs Shop is located at 214 Mair Street, Ballarat Central and open from 10:00am – 4:00pm with membership and merchandise available for purchase. 

The Club looks forward to continuing to work with partners to grow the Bulldogs community to include Ballarat and Western Victoria.