With Southport Sharks being located in the City of Gold Coast’s Health and Knowledge Precinct, a Southport Sharks Community Study and Development Program was established in 2016. The purpose is to build and foster community relationships with highly regarded education institutions, providing an opportunity for local and international students to pathway into the hospitality industry.

Southport Sharks is proud to announce its recognition as a winner of the Student Employability Award at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards in May, 2019. Read more about this prestigious scheme on the blog. 

Study Gold Coast

Study Gold Coast in collaboration with the Gold Coast City Council have been celebrating our beloved coastline as a premier location for study opportunities since 2014. In its fourth year, the program continues to strengthen relationships between the Gold Coast community and international students. The 2018 program involved 13 ambassadors, comprising of 15 nationalities from 11 institutions. This richly diverse group visited Southport Sharks and spent the day diving deep into Australian culture. After a private tour of the club led by CEO, Dean Bowtell, they learnt how to kick a footy from the best in the business, our GM of Football Operations Jarrod Field and Coach, Steve Daniel.

The ambassadors then enjoyed traditional Napoli style pizzas in The Nest, a secluded outdoor area overlooking the Gold Coast skyline, located in Aviary Rooftop Bar. By showcasing what the Gold Coast has to offer, students are encouraged to consider their study options in our beautiful city and the potential career opportunities that may arise. Southport Sharks is very proud to be a part of this initiative.

Study Gold Coast 2018


Griffith University

Southport Sharks is committed to providing students with the opportunity to participate in a program that will assist in preparing them for future roles in the hospitality industry. The diversity of our business allows the students to gain practical on-the-job experience in reception, gaming, bars and fine dining. In 2018, Southport Sharks worked with Griffith University’s Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management to arrange three students to undertake 75 hours of work placement.

During September and October, Chae-won Song (Lisa), Lai Yin Chan (Angel) and Qingyu Zhu (Amy) who are studying a Bachelor of International Tourism and Hospitality Management, gained experience throughout various departments around the club.

“This is the second year we have worked with Southport Sharks, and at Griffith University we are most appreciative of the club’s support. This program provides students with an invaluable opportunity to link theory with practice. The students benefit by being able to rotate around several key areas of the Club, where they can begin to develop a range of skills. We look forward to the opportunity to work with the Club again in the future.” – Barry Fraser (Work Integrated Learning Program Convenor)