Southport Sharks remains true to its heritage; a club built on community spirit.
As a key community organisation, the club aims to be an active and integral part of the local Gold Coast community by providing financial support, hospitality development programs and educational community activities.
Sharks Community Benefit Fund
To demonstrate the clubs committed to the local Gold Coast community, since the club introduced the Sharks Community Benefit Fund in 2008, Southport Sharks has proudly donated over $750,000 in cash to various local organisations, as of February 2020. This funding is raised with Southport Sharks donating $1 from the annual membership fee and weekly staff contributions. All of our charity partners are based locally and help the local community;
- Gold Coast Hospital Foundation (GCHF)
- headspace Southport
- Southport Sharks Junior AFL
- Sharks Community Discretionary Fund
In addition to cash donations, Southport Sharks makes in-kind donations of over $200,000 per year.
Study and Development Program
With the growth of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, Southport Sharks established a Study and Development Program in 2016. The purpose is to build community relationships with highly regarded education institutions, providing an opportunity for local and international students to pathway into the hospitality industry.
Educational institution partners
Since it’s inception, we have has partnered with leading educational institutions to offer workplace training, internship programs and tailored one-off events to introduce “Aussie culture” to international students.
- Griffith University
- Study Gold Coast
- Internal training programs | Prestige Service Training and Leading Teams
Educational community activities
Southport Sharks continues to grow its community involvement in educational community activities, such as the City of Gold Coast‘s Love to Ride Challenge which encouraged employees to experience the benefits of riding a bike to work. Employees responded with fantastic enthusiasm creating “Beat the Boss” as an additional challenge to competing against 110 Gold Coast organisations overall.