Game Changers Australia changing the game for 30 young sports players in Shepparton


GAME Changers Australia’s flagship program for 30 young local sports players is launching in Shepparton this October. Game Changers Australia (GCA) is an organisation that exists to upskill young sports players to deal with life’s challenges and to become leaders in their community.

The flagship Shepparton program is a key part of GCA’s broader vision to use sport to impact the lives of young people in rural and regional Victoria by empowering them to be healthy, confident and resilient. Placements for the program are open to 30 young people (aged 14-17) and positions are expected to fill fast. The Shepparton program has already received sponsorship and support from the likes of AFL legend, Ron Barassi.

Since 2012, GCA has worked with over 2,800 young people and 280 sports clubs across Victoria including in the Mornington Peninsula, Gippsland and Warrnambool. The organisation has partnered with the likes of Essendon Football Club, the Victorian State Government and Bendigo Bank.

A 15 year old cricket player from a current program said, “It has made me realise that I can do anything I set my mind to. It has made me believe in my abilities to do great things in sport.”

The Shepparton Sports Leadership program will start with a camp in January, a 10 week mentoring program, a community event and a graduation finishing up in April. Each component is designed to bring out the best and ignite the potential of young people. Nominations are open from October until the program is full.

CEO, Natalie Klenner said, “Young people in rural and regional Australia often do not receive the same opportunities as young people in the big cities. That’s why our focus at Game Changers is on providing them with transformational leadership opportunities and empowering them to be the person they want to be for themselves and their community.”

So far local football, basketball and cricket associations have shown interest in the program for their members.

For those interested in finding out more, or wanting to nominate a young person to get involved, visit to find out how up or email CEO, Natalie at [email protected] If you’re a local business or community member, get in touch to find out what opportunities exist for you to get involved as well.