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Leaders of the future graduate

More than 90 students have graduated from the WBCF Leadership Project in 2019.

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CDC Workshop: Driving youth leadership

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation partner, CDC Victoria conducted a workshop with the Club’s Leadership Project participants.

10:00am  Sep 30, 2019

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Sons of the West participant Frank Vella details the impact of the program on his life.

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

Made possible by the generous support of local governments, WorkSafe Victoria and Dacland, The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project is an intensive 6-month program that guides local young people through practical and theory based activities designed to enhance participant’s capacities in; leadership, teamwork, communication, goal setting and resilience, empowering them to contribute and grow as leaders in their community.

Participation in The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project is free and participants receive a complimentary program participant pack.


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

To nominate for The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project, click here

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. 

Nominations have now closed for 2019.


The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project is open to males and females aged between 14 and 16 who live within the municipalities of:

  • Ballarat
  • Brimbank
  • Ararat
  • Hepburn
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Maribyrnong
  • Melton
  • Moonee Valley
  • Moorabool
  • Pyrenees
  • Glenelg Shire
  • Northern Grampians

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 March 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.

*NB - Confirmation of regional venues will be made when applicants are notified of their acceptance


The Western Bulldogs Leadership Project is an experience like no other.

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

The program caters for up to 20 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 evaluted by Victoria University and provides participants with opportunities to make a meaningful contribution to their local community by undertaking a Community Leadership Project (CLP). The CLP requires council groups to select community issues they are passionate about and plan, implement and deliver a basic initiatives 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.


For more information please contact the Youth Development Coordinator Salim Mohamed on (03) 9680 6324 or email

If you would like further information about Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and our programs, please click here to find out how to get in touch.

To register your interest in the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and our programs, please click here.