Sydney FC and long-term charity partner Football United will celebrate together this Tuesday night at the Sky Blues’ clash with Melbourne Victory at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (kick off 7.30pm).
The original clash between the teams was due to fall on Harmony Day weekend, where inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging within our communities and is recognised (21 March each year).
However the game was cancelled due to torrential rain in Sydney and now the celebration will occur this week.
Since 2008 the Sky Blues and Football United have joined forces to celebrate diversity and the achievements of the Football United programs.
Football United creates chances for youth from disadvantaged communities through the magic of football, with programs aimed at engaging and inspiring young people on life skills, leadership and acceptance.
Football United Founding Director Anne Bunde-Birouste is still excited by the partnership with Sydney FC which is now in its 13 year.
“Our partnership with Sydney FC is hugely important to us,” she said.
“We have true engagement from this wonderful club right from the board, to the players, to the staff, the sponsors and our Sky Blue Members.
“It really is a very close partnership that we have and extremely long lasting.
“It’s an honour and a pleasure to work with all of them.”
Sydney FC’s Captain Alex Wilkinson praised the work of Football United and their dedication to the community.
“Football United is such a great organisation and they do so many fantastic things for kids who come from all over the world, helping them to unite and assimilate through our brilliant game of football,” said the Sydney FC skipper.
“It’s a great cause and I’m very proud Sydney FC is associated with that,” he continued.
“You can see how playing football brings all of the children who take part in their programs together.
“Some of them will have gone through a lot of hardship and football is what they love, so it’s great to see them getting involved.”
Sky Blues W-League captain Teresa Polias said: “Our club’s association with Football United has been going even before I was a player at Sydney FC.
“It’s a fantastic organisation which does incredible work helping those young people who are looking to integrate into the community through football.
“I’ve been so impressed by what they’ve achieved over the years.”
Sydney FC’s match will be the second this season against Big Blue rivals Melbourne Victory following their 3-0 win in Melbourne earlier this month.