Sydney FC Sharpens Community Program

As we sharpen our focus on the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season, Sydney FC took a look back at the last 12 months and the significant ground that has been made with Sydney FC’s Community Program, encapsulating the Football program, Charity work and Promotional visits.

As we sharpen our focus on the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season, Sydney FC took a look back at the last 12 months and the significant ground that has been made with Sydney FC-s Community Program, encapsulating the Football program, Charity work and Promotional visits.

From July 2011 to the end of April 2012, Sydney FC players made 183 separate Community Visits, dedicating a total of 978 player hours to the Community Program.

The Community work ranged from the highly visible display of three Community logos on the strip (UNICEF, Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation and Children Medical Research Institute) and the associated Matchday Sponsorships, to the countless hours visiting junior football clubs, schools and hospitals, which goes largely un-noticed.

Community Partnerships • Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation; Nick Carle became an Ambassador, players regularly visited young patients at the Hospital, Sydney FC dedicated a Matchday to raise money and awareness (including a special ticket offer to its staff and patients), the SCHF logo was placed on home and away strip for last 6 matches and a cash donation was made to SCHF. • Children-s Medical Research Institute: Brett Emerton became an Ambassador, players made an appearance at CMRI Golf Day that raised $73,000, Sydney FC dedicated a Matchday to raise money and awareness (including a special ticket offer to its staff and partners), the CMRI logo was placed on home and away strip for last 6 matches and a cash donation was made to CMRI. • beyondblue: Sydney FC dedicated a Matchday to raise awareness (including a special ticket offer to its staff and partners) and Sydney FC launched and promoted the annual beyondblue Cup for Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory matches. • Football United: Terry McFlynn became an Ambassador, players visited Football United FC training and special events and integrated Football United into a dedicated Matchday for Harmony Day (including a special ticket offer to its friends, players and partners). • Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation: The OCRF became the Sydney FC W-League charity partner with OCRF logo placed on the W-League strip for the semi final. • UNICEF: Brett Emerton became an Brett Emerton became an Ambassador, Sydney FC dedicated a Matchday to raise awareness (including a special ticket offer to its staff and global parents),the UNICEF logo was placed on the strip for the last 6 matches. A number of exciting initiatives will be announced shortly.

The Sydney FC players and staff members took part in the Movember campaign to help raise money for male depression and prostate cancer. The players took part in several PR opportunities for Movember and Sydney FC raised almost $5,000

Sydney FC Community logos on Strip Sydney FC broke new ground by placing three (3) Community Partner logos on its strip (UNICEF, Sydney Children-s Hospital Foundation and Children Medical Research Institute) for the final five matches of the Hyundai A-League season and the elimination final.

Sydney FC Pre Season Community Friendlies Sydney FC played six (6) NSW State League clubs in the Pre Season as part of the Sydney FC Community Program, channelling tens of thousands of dollars back into the local football community.

• Wed 3 Aug Macarthur v Sydney FC Campbelltown Stadium (Campbelltown) • Wed 10 Aug St George v Sydney FC WIN Jubilee Stadium (Kogarah) • Wed 17 Aug Parramatta v Sydney FC Parramatta Stadium (Parramatta) • Wed 24 Aug Bankstown Lions v Sydney FC Jensen Park (Sefton) • Wed 31 Aug Sutherland Sharks v Sydney FC Seymour Shaw (Miranda) • Sat 10 Sep Sydney Olympic v Sydney FC Belmore Sports Ground (Belmore)

Hyundai A-League matches in Suburban area Sydney FC played matches against two Hyundai A-League opponents at a suburban ground, WIN Jubilee (Kogarah). • Sat 17 September Sydney FC v Perth Glory Pre Season Friendly • Sun 4 December Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar A-League fixture

W-League and NYL matches in the suburbs - Campbelltown, Kogarah, Leichhardt Sydney FC played its Westfield W-League and National Youth League matches at grounds all over Sydney, taking games to WIN Jubilee Kogarah, Leichhardt Oval and Campbelltown Stadium.

FFA Community Round Sydney FC assisted Campbelltown Council in securing the rights to host the FFA Community Round Match at Campbelltown Stadium. To help promote the fixture, Sydney FC players undertook media appearances in the region, the Sydney FC team trained at Campbelltown Stadium and three players (Brett Emerton, Ivan Necevski and Joel Chianese) attended an Optus Grassroots Football Clinic at Campbelltown Stadium.

Sydney local juniors in Sydney FC A-League squad Sydney FC had 14 players in its 21-man 2011/12 Hyundai A-League squad who were raised in Sydney and surrounding areas, starting their football careers at grassroots clubs, progressing through Association teams and State League outfits.

Sebastian Ryall, Michael Beauchamp, Brett Emerton, Nick Carle, Dimi Petratos, Shannon Cole, Liam Reddy, Joel Chianese, Terry Antonis, Mark Bridge, Ivan Necevski, Scott Jamieson, Nathan Sherlock (NSW Central West) and Rhyan Grant (NSW Central West) are all local players, who are products of the Sydney Football Community.

Five of those players came into the A-League squad from the Sydney FC NYL squad, completing the Sydney FC elite player pathway from grassroots to the A-League.

For the 2012/13 season, Sydney FC has also signed Hagi Gligor, Daniel Petkovski and Mitchell Mallia, all of whom are local Sydney players who have progressed through Local Associations, State League Clubs and the Sydney FC NYL team.

Sydney FC Players took part in the following Community Programs Sydney FC Scoring 4 Health: Sydney FC players took part in the Scoring 4 Health program in schools around Sydney. This program saw the players promote healthy eating and healthy living amongst Primary School students. The Professional Footballers Association (PFA-s) Heroes Program: 12 Sydney FC players (11 A-League and a W-League player) attended local High Schools to teach values to students that included respect, fair play, teamwork and leadership. Sarah Walsh, Nick Carle, Ivan Necevski and Hirofumi Moriyasu (Liverpool Boys and Girls High School), Terry McFlynn, Shannon Cole, Nathan Sherlock and Joel Chianese (Colyton High School) and Liam Reddy, Mark Bridge, Scott Jamieson and Bruno Cazarine (St Clair High School) took part in the PFA Heroes Program.

Local Association Grand Final days 18 Sydney FC players attended Grassroots Grand Final days to watch youngsters play and present winning medals and trophies in Hornsby, North Ryde, Kareela, Bossley Park, Burragong, Lane Cove, Dee Why, Merrylands, Blacktown, Ashfield and Putney.

Donation of old Sydney FC training Gear $108,000 worth of the old Reebok Sydney FC gear was given to Football United, Lokomotiv Cove, Macarthur Rams, Local Associations and junior football clubs.

Sydney FC Cup Sydney FC held its inaugural Sydney FC Cup, which was a tournament contested by six Private Schools from all over Sydney. The tournament, held at The King-s School in North Parramatta, saw The King-s School, SHORE, Redlands, St Aloysius, Grammar and St Joseph-s (Joeys) compete in a round robin format. 12 Sydney FC players attended during the day to speak with the kids and present trophies.

“Sydney FC is very proud of what is has achieved with its Community Program in 2011/12 but plans are already underway to make sure that we further improve this Community Engagement in 2012/13. The Community work undertaken by our Football Development Officer Daniel Barrett and Events & Projects Executive Danielle Boettcher, the players and staff has been outstanding,” said Sydney FC General Manager Community and Game Development Stefan Kamasz.

Sydney FC is taking expressions of interest from fans keen to register their support for the 2012-13 season. Simply log onto my.sydneyfc.com to update or add your information.