Sydney FC players kickstart 2012/13 Community Program

The Sydney FC A-League squad returns to start Pre Season training on Monday and will get straight to work on the Sydney FC Community Program.

The Sydney FC A-League squad returns to start Pre Season training on Monday and will get straight to work on the Sydney FC Community Program.

The players will be balancing hard work as they gain fitness ahead of the 2012/13 A-League season with Small-Sided-Games Gala days, Junior Club Awards Dinners and junior team training sessions all over Sydney.

Over the first two weeks, Sydney FC players, including Brett Emerton, Terry McFlynn, Nick Carle, Pascal Bosschaart, and Terry Antonis, will make 16 Community visits, totalling 45 hours in the Sydney Football Community.

“We-re delighted that the Sydney FC Community Program has restarted after the players enjoyed a well-earned break between seasons,” said Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata. “There-s no time to rest and the players will be straight into the visits along with our Community staff.

“Sydney FC made some tremendous steps forward with its Community Engagement and we will be striving to not only match that work but better it during what is an exciting time for the A-League in Sydney.

“Our players are role models in the Community and they will all be spending time with junior football players while preparing for the season ahead.”

Check out our videos for some of the community and hospital visits carried out by Sydney FC's players last season.

Sydney FC Community visits for period 19 July-17 August:

Thursday 19 July Russell Lea Women-s Soccer Club, Hurlstone Park Wanderers, Earlwood Wanderers and Belmore Eagles FC.

Saturday 21 July Forest Rangers FC and Eastern Suburbs Football Association Small-Sided-Games Gala Day.

Thursday July 26 St George Saints FC, Lugarno Football Club and Kings School.

Saturday 28 July Gymea United Football Club.

Sunday 29 July Golden Goal Ryde Sports Club

Thursday 2 August Northbridge Football Club and Mongo Football Academy Lindfield

Saturday 4 August Bankstown Small-Sided-Games Gala Day.

Friday 10 August St George Centre of Excellence

Friday 17 August Cranbrook School Awards Night

For more specific details on each visit head to the Calendar of Events on the front page of the Sydney FC website.

2012/13 Sydney FC Memberships are now on sale with Public Transport to and from the game from all over Sydney covered in the Membership price.

Purchase your 2012/13 Sydney FC Membership here - or call (02) 8314 5100.