Sydney FC Partner Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation

Sydney FC will continue to put a smile on the faces of young patients and help raise awareness for Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation (SCHF) after joining forces as Community Partners today.

Sydney FC will continue to put a smile on the faces of young patients and help raise awareness for Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation (SCHF) after joining forces as Community Partners today.

Sydney FC marquee midfielder and father of three young children Nick Carle has also been named as an Ambassador of the Community Partnership with Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation for the next two years.

“The Sydney FC Community Program is an important component in how Sydney FC engages with the people of Sydney. This Partnership with the Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation is a forward step in our desire to make a difference to the children at the hospital as well as assisting in the development of our players,” said Sydney FC CEO Dirk Melton.

“Our players are passionate about the work they do with young hospital patients and it gives all of us greater perspective as to how lucky we are. We look forward to working with the Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation to raise awareness for the great work they do.”

The Community Partnership was launched today with 10 Sydney Children-s Hospital patients and their families taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime football clinic with five Sydney FC stars at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Carle joined fellow fathers Karol Kisel, Michael Beauchamp, Ivan Necevski and Jamie Coyne as the players shared their football skills with the lucky children, who have all spent extended periods of time receiving specialised care and treatment at the Hospital.

“As professional football players we have a unique opportunity to put a smile on the face of kids and their families when they are going through a tough time and inspiring young children is one of the things I am passionate about,” Carle said.

“I-m really happy to become an Ambassador for the Community Partnership with Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation and Sydney FC is proud to have joined them in a Community Partnership. All of the players at Sydney FC spend time at Sydney Children-s Hospital but this partnership takes it to the next level.”

Adam Check, Chief Executive, Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation, said: “We are very excited about our partnership with Sydney FC. We rely heavily on support from the community to fund vital equipment and services at the hospital and greatly value the contribution Sydney FC make, not only financially but also through their on-going support of our patients and families. We encourage families in Sydney to attend the Game Day on 5 February, knowing that each donation touches the lives of 315,000 sick kids cared for by Sydney Children-s Hospital each year.”

To help celebrate the beginning of the Sydney FC and Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation Community, the Sky Blues will donate $10,000 from Sunday-s clash with the Newcastle Jets at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Sydney FC has also offered a free ticket giveaway to all of the dedicated staff at the Sydney Children-s Hospital for the Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets match, to be played at the Sydney Football Stadium on 5 February, where Sky Blues fans will also be encouraged to donate money to Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation.