Those who attended Sydney FC’s clash against the Brisbane Roar on the 17th of March would undoubtedly recall the beautiful pre-match ceremony during which volunteers conducted a march of honour on the pitch at Allianz Stadium, displaying multitudes of national flags.
The event, a collaboration between Sydney FC and long-term charity partner Football United, was celebrating Australian Harmony Day. Occurring on the 21st of March every year, Harmony Day celebrates inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging within our community.
Since 2008 the Sky Blues and Football United have joined forces to celebrate diversity and the achievements of the Football United programs, and last Saturday was no different as 100 Football United youth ambassadors marched across the pitch in a flag parade.
Established in 2006, Football United creates chances for youth from disadvantaged communities through the magic of football with programs aimed at engaging and inspiring youth to develop life skills and building leadership. Football United provides opportunities for young people to celebrate and embrace their identify through inspiring events such as this.
“Our partnership with Sydney FC illustrates the epitome of a partnership, in my mind,” said Dr. Anne W. Bunde-Birouste, founder and CEO, Football United.
“The club support is deep, long-lasting, and involves many facets. It is a true engagement, from players, staff, board members, sponsors and even fans. It is an honour and immense pleasure to work with all of them.”
Sydney FC is delighted to continue developing the positive and strong partnership with Football United and is looking forward to welcoming their youth, staff and volunteers to future events.