The Power of a Football


Reclink footy has saved people’s lives … and this is a book about Reclink footy.

“Full of stories of redemption, hope, pushing doors open for people and bringing out the very finest qualities in our communities. Put them together and they are a force for good. I see in them the very best of us. As you read the stories in this book, I’m confident you’ll see the same.” – The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister of Australia

ISBN: 978-0-6488996-4-8
TRIM: 234 x 165 mm (C+)
EXTENT: 328 pp
COVER: 4 colour
INTERNALS: 1 colour
THEMES: sport, Aussie Rules, AFL, community, disadvantage, resilience, transformation

A few decades ago, on the streets of St Kilda, a young man popped up with an alternative to what was being offered to those seeking solace from the ‘dark side’. That young man was Peter Cullen, and the alternative he offered – to addiction of any kind – was playing community sport.

Specifically, kicking an Aussie Rules football around.

Father Bob Maguire (AM RFD)

Thirty years later, Reclink Australia offers evidence-based programs to people experiencing disadvantage, and its reach has spread from urban Melbourne to all parts of the continent, in both major cities and outback communities, as well as regional areas. fostering socially inclusive, life-changing opportunities to people who would otherwise have little or no access to either.

The Power of a Football is a collection of the stories about these people, these communities, and the army of volunteers and generous supporters who have made Reclink’s work possible.