Sydney FC has again broken the 300 hours of community work mark with the entire playing roster amassing a massive total of 339 community hours for the months of June and July.
The Sky Blues took in areas ranging from Mosman to Menai and Curl Curl to Canterbury during the two months, dedicating plenty of time to grassroots football clubs throughout the state as they mentored junior teams and took their training sessions before posing for photos and signing autographs.
Despite June’s wet weather the club were still able to dedicate 194 hours to community appearances before building on July 2013’s total of 94 hours to reach a record 129 hours for the month, this year. For August the Sky Blues have already totalled 16 hours in the community, one hour higher than last year, with a whole host of appearances lined up for the coming weeks.
Added to their community appearances the club has put in a considerable amount of time training the willing participants of the Sky Blues adidas School Holiday clinics which expanded to encompass a total of four venues for the first time during the winter break. The Hills Grammar School, Shore School, The Scots College and Macquarie University Sports Fields welcomed a combined total of 288 participants.
Held in conjunction with Sydney FC’s community visits was the “Local Club of the Week” competition which was supported by Sydney FC’s Community partner St. George Bank. Grassroots clubs were invited to enter the competition detailing why their club was unique, with one lucky winner each week earning a $500 grant from St. George Bank that was presented by Sydney FC players and Happy the Dragon at one of their training sessions.
In total St. George Bank donated $5000 to grassroots clubs with the support of Sydney FC, and a diverse range of teams from Wollongong to North Turramurra benefitted from the program.
Community Football Officer Paul Reid, who continues to oversee the club’s community visits, said he was pleased with the number of hours everyone has put in and confirmed they would continue to invest as much time as possible with the season fast approaching.
“The Sydney FC players have done an outstanding job in visiting so many grassroots clubs,” said Reid
“I’ve received nothing but positive feedback from the teams who welcomed Sydney FC to their training grounds, with a number already expressing interest in hosting our players again.
“The boys are hard at work preparing for our first ever FFA Cup match next week but have still set time aside to make a number of appearances throughout the rest of the month.”
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