Sydney FC is to expand its excellent work in promoting learning and education through football next year when the club delivers the Partner Project – Learn, Earn & Thrive.
The Project will provide international students with work-integrated learning opportunities, as well as access to come and try football events, professional upskilling opportunities, and social support and income whilst studying.
It will also add value to the education of international students, encourage employers to create future opportunities and bring benefits of diversity to the club and local communities by introducing them to students from various cultural backgrounds.
The partnership with Study NSW is aligned to the Club’s community engagement strategy which seeks to develop closer community ties than ever before, and is co-funded by the NSW Government.
It will support international students unable to travel home due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend is happy the club has been chosen to help.
“Our love of football and its universal language is a fantastic way to help drive integration and education for our international and domestic students alike, as well as ensuring they have a future in our local economy.
“Sydney FC has been engaging and educating our community for many years now across a range of topics using football as a conduit for learning, and it’s great we are continuing to expand.”
The work-integrated learning internships will begin in January 2021 and offer real world business experience for the students in their areas of study.
Students in disciplines such as marketing, media and communications, business and event management will help to put on an event in their respective Universities.
NSW Treasury’s Jennifer West, Deputy Secretary, Trade said the Partner Project would help ensure the future of international education in NSW.
“International education remains one of the State’s biggest exports, sustaining thousands of jobs across NSW,” Ms West said.
“The Projects help what make NSW the premier study destination in Australia, helping international students pursue opportunities inside and outside the classroom, from the time they arrive until graduation and beyond.”
International students can get involved by heading to sydneyfc.com/learnearnandthrive or by joining the Study NSW mailing list. The Project will also be promoted through the Study NSW Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WeChat.
Study NSW is a dedicated unit within NSW Treasury focused on supporting the NSW international education sector and improving the experience of international students in the State.
Study NSW supports partner projects that align with its objectives and are jointly funded and delivered with organisations in the international education sector.