Wests Community

Community purpose is our driving force.

GROUP BOARD

As a member-based organisation, community is at the heart of all we do.

In appreciation of the people that support our venues, services and the nib Newcastle Knights, we proudly commit to meaningful social investments that help sustain positive, thriving communities throughout our region.

The Wests Group Australia (Wests) is a locally owned and operated not-for-profit membership-based organisation. Our vision is to be our members third place, creating personalised experiences that engage, entertain, and inspire. We develop and foster Rugby League as our prime sporting focus, followed by other sports, and support community projects. We will strive to maintain our social licence by being an engaged regional leader and good corporate citizen.

In the twelve months to January 31, 2024, our financial and in-kind social investment exceeded $2. million, a significant and far-reaching contribution to the region’s social services, schools, sporting groups and community organisations.

We are immensely privileged to be partnering with organisations that share our social priorities and our vision for the region, and we look forward to realising the possibilities ahead.

Geoff Coburn

Geoff Coburn

President

Our Impact

Over $2.2M

Donated in 2023

1,690

Local jobs provided

$23M

Invested in the Newcastle Knights Centre of Excellence

$2.9M

Annual Male & Female Pathways Investment

Real Stories

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Club Grants

The Wests Group Australia ClubGRANTS program has a proud history of funding a range of social initiatives.

In 2022 our ClubGRANTS funding supported 71 local services and programs, contributing over $1.5 million directly to our footprint communities, a critical funding injection to local sport, community groups, veterans’ programs and social services. With six Wests Group Club sites throughout the region, our ClubGRANTS funding is extended to recipient organisations throughout Lake Macquarie, Greater Newcastle and Port Stephens.

The Wests Group’s ClubGRANTS donation in 2022 was a total of $1,506,535

including both cash and in-kind contributions. This will go a long way in supporting community initiatives and improving the lives of those in need.

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Our Team Our Community

The nib Newcastle Knights have a deep connection to the community.

Over many years, the club's community program has actively contributed to a range of not-for-profit organisations through game day fundraising, player appearances, cause profiling and club led education programs.

$36,000 raised at our our 50 50 Charity Partner raffle during the 2022 playing season, with 12 local causes each gifted a home game to fundraise and promote their mission.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their support. Without their backing, we would not be able to make such a positive impact on our communities. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, who share our commitment to investing in our team and our community. Click here to view our valued sponsors.

NRL SPONSORS

NRLW SPONSORS

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The Wests Knights Foundation

Feel strong. Be strong. Live Knight Strong.

The Wests Knights Foundation is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable people in the Hunter region through various initiatives.

Housing Plus Partnership: The Foundation has invested $300,000 to develop purpose-built accommodation for families escaping domestic violence in the Hunter region.

The Foundation supports Soul Café, providing home-cooked meals to vulnerable people in Newcastle.

The Knights pledged $116,000 to the Red Cross NSW and QLD Flood Appeal.

The Foundation launched Knight Strong, a preventative health program in partnership with Aboriginal Medical Services, resulting in a 31% increase in people completing their annual health check. The Foundation is committed to expanding Knight Strong to support AMS teams in pursuing early intervention healthcare solutions.

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Our People Our Community

In 2022 Wests Group introduced the community care program, an employee volunteering initiative that provides our people with one day of paid volunteering leave annually.

Since launching the program, team members from across the group have volunteered their time to community causes ranging from preparing meals for the families at Ronald McDonald House, wrapping gifts for children attending the Variety Christmas party and participating in the Newcastle Pride Festival.

We look forward to growing this program internally in 2023 and to providing more Wests Group team members the opportunity to pursue their social purpose.

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Reconciliation Action Plan

The Knights Reconciliation Action Plan will enable the Club to further engage with First Nations communities, creating social change and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It aims to educate our Members and Fans, sponsors and partners, employees, and the wider community on the importance of reconciliation.


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Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country Video

The nib Newcastle Knights, with guidance from their Aboriginal Advisory Group, developed a Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country Video in collaboration with the NRL School to Work Program, featuring the Minimbah Dance Group. Highlighting the region's history, the video showcases a hand-drawn map from 1797 by Lieutenant John Shortland, symbolizing the Indigenous connection to the land. This project underscores the Knights' commitment to reconciliation and will be showcased at every home game and major event throughout the 2024 season.

Our Officers

The Wests Group Board is responsible for determining and driving support for these community giving streams. They take their responsibility to support the community seriously and are committed to making a positive social impact at the heart of everything they do. Through careful consideration and evaluation, they identify the areas where they can make the greatest difference and work hard to ensure that their resources are deployed in the most effective way possible.

Geoff Coburn

President

Katie Brassil

Director

Robert Darcy

Director

Wayne Hore

Director

Samantha Poolman

Director

Tony Keating

Director

Tony Price

Director

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