Manly for Manly is the internal community program of the Manly Warringah Waratahs, running since 2013/14. It aims to bring the club, players, administrators and supporters closer to the local community. Since its inclusion we have seen the program go from strength to strength, and evolve along the way.
Although our cricket club is primarily based on improving our players on the field, an essential part of the Waratah culture is also developing and improving our young men off the field. One of the ways we do this is by giving back – giving back to the community that supports us, our charity partners and to the next wave of future Waratahs at a grass roots level.
Since its inclusion, we as a club know that although the community, charity partners and junior associations benefit from our great program, it’s our players that gain the most out of being involved and helping out, and knowing they have contributed and given back to individuals and groups alike that may not be as fortunate.
Our players, coaches and committee are only a handful of lucky individuals that have the privilege of representing the “Manly Warringah” brand, which is an extremely strong one as it covers the entire Northern Beaches area. However, with this also comes a responsibility to respect and take care of the area that gives us all so much. This involves being part of it.
The program is a very important part of our club, because, let’s face it, the Northern Beaches community is not only one of our strengths but also our future. The majority of our future players and administrators will come from the Northern Beaches community, so by being involved and engaging with them early on we hope to show what our club is about not only on the field but also off it. We know by doing this it will help to increase our chances of future success both on and off the field. The Manly for Manly program aims to do all of these things.
As this is a holistic approach, the Manly for Manly program will involve players, administrators and coaching staff to some degree. It is important that all levels of the club, both on and off the field, work together to move the club in the right direction.
This season the program will be run by Phill Edwards whose sons Mickey and Jack play for the Waratahs. He will be ably helped by Ted Lindsay once again. Ted has been involved with the Waratahs for over a decade now due to his 3 sons playing – Andrew, Michael and Peter. He is a Life Member and former President of our Junior Association, is keen to be involved with the Waratahs and we appreciate all the help he gives us.