Southport Sharks remains true to it’s 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.

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 $500,000 in cash to various local organisations. All of our charity partners are based locally and help the local community; Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, Southport Sharks Junior AFL & Sharks Community Discretionary Fund. Read more about the Sharks Community Benefit Fund here.

With the growth of the Health and Knowledge Precinct, Southport Sharks established a Community Study and Development Program in 2016. The purpose for the club is to build community relationships with highly regarded education institutions, providing an opportunity for local and international students to pathway into the hospitality industry. Since it’s inception, the club has partnered with Study Gold Coast and Griffith University to offer work place training, internship programs and tailored one-off events to introduce “Aussie culture” to international students. Read more about Southport Sharks Community Study and Development Program here.

Southport Sharks continues to grow it’s community involvement in educational community activities, such as the City of Gold Coast’s Love to Ride Challenge which encouraged employee to experience the benefits of riding a bike to work. Employee have responded with fantastic enthusiasm creating “Beat the Boss” as an additional challenge to competing against 110 Gold Coast organisations overall. Find out how the Sharks team placed in the Love to Ride Challenge here.