Macarthur FC strengthens charity partnership with Sony Foundation Australia

Macarthur & Sony

Macarthur FC has strengthened their relationship with Sony Foundation Australia by signing a one-year extension with its current charity partner.

Sony Foundation is the charitable sector of the Sony Group in Australia. It prides itself on striving to better the lives of Australia’s youth by raising funds and developing long-term solutions for these young Australians and their support network.

This continuing partnership between Macarthur FC and Sony Foundation Australia will see ongoing support to promote positive health and wellbeing lifestyles for young Australians in underfunded areas.

Macarthur FC captain Ulises Davila, alongside teammates Daniel Arzani and Lachie Rose, made their way to Sony Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Camp at St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill on December 8, 2022, to announce the extension.

The Sony Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Camp Program, originating in 1998, saw the need of quality overnight respite care for families and carers of children living with additional needs. Combatting this issue, the Foundation provides an exhilarating four-day experience for young Australians at no cost to families. To this day, more than 7,500 Australian youths have participated in a Children’s Holiday Camp.

Confirming the partnership, Davila expressed his excitement in a statement:

“We are proud to be partner with Sony Foundation for another year and support these kids,” he said.

“Community is at the centre of our club and it means a lot for us players to be part of the fantastic work of Sony Foundation.”

Mirroring enthusiasm toward the continuing partnership, Sony Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Sophie Ryan, expressed her gratitude via press release:

“To have a team like Macarthur FC wear jerseys in support of children with disability is incredibly powerful. These players are heroes for our young children, and ambassadors in our community for an inclusive society. We know the fans of Macarthur FC will bid generously to win a limited-edition jersey worn by their favourite Bulls players, and in turn, can feel part of a greater social impact knowing these funds will provide a holiday of a lifetime for a child with disability in their community,” she said.

The 2022/23 season is set to see a collaboration between the two partners come to fruition with a charity match to be held this year. Raising awareness of the Sony Children’s Holiday Camps, the charity match will include a limited-edition Macarthur FC jersey auction, with all proceeds aiding the expansion and continuation of the Sydney Sony Camp in 2023.

FC Barcelona and EBC Financial Group confirm collaboration

FC Barcelona has broadened its presence in the foreign exchange industry by partnering with EBC Financial Group (EBC).

This collaboration spans 3.5 years establishing the financial institution as FC Barcelona’s Official Partner in Foreign Exchange. The partnership encompasses regions such as APAC, LATAM, the Middle East, and Africa.

This collaboration signifies a momentous achievement for EBC, as it aligns the brand with FC Barcelona’s esteemed legacy and worldwide influence. Through this exclusive arrangement, EBC gains the exceptional privilege to conduct specialized business operations within the foreign exchange sector.

The partnership encompasses various services such as foreign exchange transactions, trading, brokering (including CFDs), and advisory services. Additionally, it presents an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen FC Barcelona’s connection with its partners, supporters, and Culers in these regions, while advancing its global expansion strategy through strategic partnerships in diverse sectors.

Marketing Area Vice President at FC Barcelona, Juli Guiu, released a statement regarding this partnership.

“This partnership coincides with FC Barcelona’s global expansion plan in recent years, I’m sure that this will help the Club open up a wealth of opportunities in the financial sector through these 3.5 years of partnership with the well-renowned EBC Financial Group.

“With the untapped potentials we see in the Asia Pacific region, as well as the growing economies in South & Central America, Mexico, Africa, and Middle East, we’re excited to build more connections with brands, partners, supporters and Culers in these regions.”

APAC Director of Operations at EBC Financial Group, Samuel Hertz, also added a statement for this collaboration.

“Even though EBC is only four years old, we’ve only grown because we demand the best from ourselves and the industry. We’ve delved deep into FC Barcelona’s storied history, learning from their culture of mentorship where the experienced guide the new, and the new inspire the younger, creating a continuum of growth and excellence.

“This isn’t just a partnership; it’s a shared journey towards greatness, embodying a culture where success is not just about winning but about fostering values, nurturing talent, and contributing positively to society. We’re inspired by Barca’s way of doing things, their culture where veterans nurture newcomers, passing on wisdom and passion.”

Operating from strategically positioned offices in key financial hubs including London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, the Cayman Islands, Singapore, Bangkok, Limassol, and beyond, EBC serves a varied clientele comprising retail, professional, and institutional investors across the globe.

An amenities refresher for NSW grassroots custodian

The NSW Football Legacy Program has worked in conjunction with the Bayside Council in providing $150,000 to the Bexley North Football Club (BNFC) who join the vast growing number of successful applicants of the Infrastructure Stream, which is the second round screening process.

The Football Legacy program is a $10 million investment founded by the NSW Government. The program’s intention is to continue the established growth of female football through freshly refurbished community facilities.

Furthermore, development programs, participation initiatives and potential ventures involving tourism and international engagement are all at the forefront of the overall objective the NSW government has regarding the growth of football within the state.

The $150,000 grant in which BNFC are receiving is going to be spent sparingly. Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve is in dire need of a rejuvenation, given the club’s recent rise to popular interest within the Football St George Association, BNFC experienced an astounding spike in membership.

Since the 2021 season, the club witnessed a spike in members, a 35% increase surge in overall involvement, highlighted by a 40% increase in female involvement.

The traffic that the club began to experience was a confronting yet exciting time for the community operated club. Their previous facilities could not cater for the extravagant influx of participants, hence the club opting to collaborate with the Bayside Council.

The grant successfully attained will be used to upgrade the amenities at Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve from top to bottom. The newly furbished facility has hosts a conference room, referee room, medical room, canteen, and storage area.

Further funding requested by BNFC is expected to be utilized in rejuvenating the current change rooms and bathrooms, as well as a through fixup of the established home and away locker rooms. The end goal insight, is to accommodate highly regarded women’s footballing outlets in the future.

BNFC President Eddie Yazbeck, mentioned the importance of what this grant will provide.

“We have worked closely with Bayside Council to develop a site plan for Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve and together we applied for the NSW Football Legacy Fund to help make our vision a reality,” he said via press release. 

“This grant will deliver a much-needed infrastructure upgrade, addressing concerns such as accessibility and safety, improved canteen facilities, storage for our kits, change rooms for players and referees.”

The Facilities and Grants Officer at Football NSW, James Spanoudakis, also added via media release. 

“Amenity buildings are the heart and soul of all football clubs across NSW,” he said.

The new amenities is expected to be completed towards the conclusion of 2024, ready to go for the 2025 winter season.   

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