The Brisbane Lions annual Legacy Round returns this week with all funds raised during the St Kilda match used to develop future talent through the Lions Academy programs.
First launched in 2022, Lions corporates and partners will donate $15,000 for every goal kicked by the Lions, adding to the $1 million already raised through the Lions Legacy project.
And while Lions fans will want to see plenty of goals on field, one lucky fan will take home a guaranteed $50,000 cash prize through the 50/50 raffle, with half of all ticket sales being donated to Lions Legacy.
Brisbane Lions, Chief Executive Officer, Greg Swann, said the club wants to pack the Gabba for the Lions last game of the home and away season.
“For all our Members and fans, I’ve got one message, get to the Gabba this Saturday! The players love performing in front of a full house and the match will double as a fundraiser for our Academy programs.
“Lions Academy continues to be a breeding ground for AFL and AFLW talent with 535 players now in Academy programs,” he said.
“Growing and investing in our talent pool across Queensland is crucial to the long-term success of the Brisbane Lions.
“We’ve unearthed some gems so far with current AFL co-captain, Harris Andrews, recently re-signed defender Jack Payne and Keidean Coleman all graduates of the Lions academy.
“While new AFLW signing Brooke Sheridan joins a long list of Lions female academy alumni who are currently on the list including vice-captain Natalie Grider and other members of the leadership group such as Belle Dawes and Sophie Conway.
“Last year, Legacy Round raised more than $130,000 and we’re hoping to eclipse that during what we hope will be our fifth sold out game for the season”
Swann said with September just around the corner, it was an exciting time to be a part of the Lions.
“We’ve just announced a club record 50,000 members for the season, we’re heading towards another Gabba sell out this week against St Kilda and the Lions AFLW will have their first season at Brighton Homes Arena from 3 September.
“The Lions Legacy project is an opportunity for all our members, supporters and community to make their own financial contribution to ensure a strong future for the club.”
About the Brisbane Lions AcademyThe Brisbane Lions Academy is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and mental wellbeing in the local community.
The Academy empowers young players of all genders and backgrounds to develop their skills on and off the field.
This initiative improves lives and supports local clubs, coaches, and volunteers in designated zones by providing regional athletes with scholarships, coaching courses, and mental health support.