Macquarie University and Sydney FC kicking goals with new partnership

22 November 2016

A renewed five-year partnership between Macquarie University and high-profile football club Sydney FC will see the Sky Blues continue to utilise the first-rate sporting facilities at the North Ryde campus.

At the heart of the agreement is the increased interaction between Macquarie University and the club across a range of educational, corporate and research associations.

With annual internship opportunities for students to utilise as well as player engagement with campus events, the alliance will reinforce Macquarie University’s commitment to health and wellbeing.

“This agreement will ultimately see Sydney FC take a greater role in engaging students and staff on campus with some exciting opportunities to watch home games and get insights into behind the scenes on match day; internships and PACE opportunities will also be explored,” says Macquarie University General Manager Sport and Recreation Cindy Hoad.

Sydney FC has been using the Winter Field as their official training ground since 2007 and the new agreement will see this continue until mid-2021. The two-time A-League Championship club also uses the Macquarie University Sport Fields for their Youth League team as well as for accommodating the Sydney FC W-League team for training on occasion.

The club will also have use of the Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre for post-match recovery sessions in addition to conference and lecture rooms for official team meetings.

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata welcomed the new partnership.

“Macquarie University have been a large factor in helping the Sydney FC family create a base from which to build and will be a major part in our next phase of growth,” he said.

“Everyone who joins Sydney FC speaks very highly of the facilities on offer, and to remain here can only hold the club in good stead moving forward.

“Macquarie University has played an integral role in our club over the last nine years and will again be important over the next five.”

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