partnering stronger communities
kicking community goals with the geelong cats
25,000 school children in the Geelong region are set to benefit from a new partnership between the AFL’s Geelong Cats and Alcoa Point Henry.

Alcoa has become the naming partner of the Alcoa Cats in Schools Program which is designed to educate students about the importance of 6 key issues: fitness, health, diet, teamwork, leadership and health (physical and intellectual).

The program is unique in that it uses Aussie rules football to make learning about a healthy lifestyle fun. It consists of two main components:
  • The Alcoa School Cats Workbook, focusing on the six key issues, was compiled by five local teachers, ‘Go for your life’ (a Victorian Government initiative which aims to promote healthy eating and increase levels of physical activity) and the KIDS Foundation.  The workbook has the full backing of the Barwon South West Region of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and is distributed to all local Geelong primary schools.
  • Alcoa Cats in Schools Player Visits involve the Geelong Cats squad visiting 90 schools in the Geelong region, holding football clinics and conducting classroom talks focusing on topics covered in the Alcoa School Cats Workbook.
Alcoa Point Henry’s Human Resources Manager David Monahan said the partnership was an ideal fit for Alcoa’s partnering stronger communities program.

“The program’s focus areas reflect Alcoa’s own values of teamwork, leadership and physical and intellectual health,” David said.

Geelong Cats Chief Executive Officer, Brian Cook, said the Alcoa Cats in Schools Program is a unique community relations program because it placed the club within the classroom.

“Through the workbook and the personal interaction of the school visits, our players get to convey important educational and social messages” Mr Cook said.

“Whilst the Cats and Alcoa operate in different industries, we share a strong community focus,” he said.

The Alcoa Cats in Schools program was officially launched at Moolap Primary School on Tuesday 21 April 2009.

alcoa in partnership with UWA developing our leaders of tomorrow
Alcoa congratulates the University of Western Australia on the opening of its new $50 million environmentally sustainable business school.
The opening could not have come at a better time - according to Alcoa of Australia Managing Director, and UWA engineering graduate, Alan Cransberg.

Mr Cransberg said that as the world faces economic uncertainty it is an ideal time for Western Australians to consider a university degree or to retrain.

“Just like many companies, Alcoa is taking a range of actions to ensure we come out of the downturn stronger than we went into it, individuals can do the same in these times,” he said.

“The world has changed, and the job market is a lot tougher than it was a year ago. There is greater competition for jobs and there’s no doubt university degrees can help people get ahead in certain careers.

 “This new business school is a significant step forward in business leadership and I hope it will produce some outstanding leaders that will help guide Australia’s future,” Mr Cransberg said.

Alcoa is a major partner of UWA, facilitating the Alcoa Visiting Professor Program.  The Program enables the UWA Business School to bring internationally renowned speakers to Perth, discussing and debating important and relevant issues for WA business leaders.  Each visiting Professor delivers a public program including a free public lecture, a CEO business forum and a range of specialist industry-focused workshops. 

“The Alcoa Visiting Professor Program enhances the ability of the UWA Business School to deliver world-class and accessible professional development, building the capacity and skills of both the WA business and community sector,” Mr Cransberg said.

“With Alcoa being a key contributor to the Australian economy for over 40 years, we recognise we have an important role to play in supporting community – which is why we invest in partnerships that help build stronger communities for the future.

“We invest in reputable organisations, like UWA, that deliver long-term community benefits.”

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said that in the international marketplace, business education needed to be of the highest quality.

“The UWA Business School already has a strong international reputation.  It’s the only university business school in the State to be accredited under the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), offering excellence in teaching standards, courses and research,” Professor Robson said.

Chair of the UWA Business School Board Mark Barnaba said the completion of the outstanding new building would provide many opportunities for UWA Business School students and graduates in the years ahead.

“Western Australia’s development over the past few decades has increased the demand for internationally-competitive business leaders,” Mr Barnaba said.

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Geelong Cats star David Johnson was joined by Alcoa Point Henry HR Business Partner David Monahan and Moolap Primary School students to officially launch the Alcoa Cats in Schools Program

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Alcoa is a major partner of UWA, facilitating the Alcoa Visiting Professor Program

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Alcoa invests in reputable organisations, like UWA, that deliver long-term community benefits