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Improving education and employment outcomes for young people through the power of sport.

Born out of the role and value of sport and the influence the North Melbourne Football Club plays in connecting people across different ages, genders, and cultures; The Huddle was established in 2010 as the community arm of the Club in partnership with the Scanlon Foundation and the Australian Multicultural Foundation.

It was established to engage, support, and empower young people to build on their strengths, increase their ability to participate in society and contribute to more socially inclusive communities.

The Huddle works with some of the most iconic sporting clubs in the world to help young people learn, grow, and belong in the places where they live, learn, work, worship, and play.

Through the design of its innovative programs, The Huddle leverages the power of sport to strengthen social inclusion, education and careers for young people.


Peter Scanlon AO



  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

Peter is the Chair and founder of Taverners Group, a private family company with a range of diversifed businesses and investments.

Peter is also the Chair of the Scanlon Foundation whose primary focus is research and projects to assist in the acceptance and settlement of new migrants to Australia.


He is Chair of Community Hubs Australia and the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute. 

Anthea Hancocks



  • Bachelor of Science

  • Masters of Business Administration

  • Masters of Arts

Anthea is currently the CEO of the Scanlon Foundation and the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute.

Anthea has an extensive background in community service, business development, education, communications, relationship and services marketing and strategy through senior leadership roles in private, government and not-for-profit organisations. 

Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal



  • Diploma in Music

  • Hon. Doctorate Social Sciences

  • Adjunct Professor

Hass is currently the Executive Director at the Australian Multicultural Foundation. 

Hass has extensive experience throughout Australia and internationally on multicultural affairs and has led a number of initiatives for the benefit and development of the general community.


Julie Laycock



  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Julie is currently the General Manager of Customer & Insights at 7-Eleven.

Julie has extensive experience in brand and communications, category management, research and insights and has previously held a number of senior marketing roles with Red Bull, Coca-Cola and Tesco Stores UK. She is the Chair of the Australian Association of Convenience Stores. 


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