The GWS GIANTS are a proud community partner of Ladder and have supported the Ladder Step Up Sydney program since it commenced. The players have had a significant involvement with Ladder Step Up Sydney young people, having checked in on them during the hardships of COVID-19 lockdowns, provided meals through the GIANT hand initiative and continuing to provide mentorship and encouragement.

Recently, Inaugural GWS GIANTS AFL Captain Phil Davis shared his personal story with program participants during Men’s Health Week, coordinated by Western Sydney's University's Centre for Male Health this year. He spoke about his own struggles with injury and mental health, and provided advice on how to stay emotionally, mentally and physically strong.

“When we think about men’s health, we often tend to focus on physical health but it’s also important to look at mental health and emotional wellbeing too. For us to be feeling our best, we need to work on all three aspects"

Ladder CEO, Stephanie De Campo said Ladder is proud to give young people in-need an opportunity to receive mentorship and opportunities through its community partnership with the GWS GIANTS Football Club.

“We know that sport is a positive vehicle for social change. Ladder is unique in that it utilises its AFL industry roots to provide opportunities and access to positive role models so that young people in out-of-home care can climb the ladder to independence and reach their potential"

Watch Phil's five health tips on how to look after your health below: