Sydney FC introduce first Community Powerchair Football Program

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Sydney FC’s Foundation has officially debuted a first-of-its-kind Community Powerchair Football Program.

The initiative saw nine young children and adults with disabilities given the opportunity to experience the world of Powerchair Football for the very first time and were joined by Sydney FC A-Leagues stars Rhyan Grant, Elvis Kamsoba and Charlotte McLean for the two-day clinic at Valentine Sports Park, with Sydney FC’s Powerchair team attending on Day 2.

The Program has been funded by the generosity of the donors and sponsors of The Sydney FC Foundation Dinner and is expected to be carried forward each year.

Haley and Mitch McLean’s daughter, Ruby, took part in their first Powerchair clinic and were thrilled by the experience.

“The Sydney FC Foundation Powerchair Clinic did not disappoint,” Haley said via Sydney FC.

“I’ve got so many thoughts and emotions that are impossible to articulate adequately, she had an absolute ball.

“The whole thing was so well done from the location, the staff, the team, the session, and equipment but most importantly the people.”

Sydney FC Powerchair Head Coach Jason Ryan conducted the sessions which consisted of shooting, dribbling and game-play and was impressed with the players and the initiative.

“I had such a great time delivering this development program,” he said via Sydney FC.

“The excitement that the young people brought to the court was infectious and stayed with us until the very end.

“Watching everyone engage with the football and each other was so rewarding.

“I look forward to more clinics and the opportunity to introduce more people to the sport.”

The Sydney FC Foundation will continue to organise and host multiple Powerchair Football holiday clinics across 2022 and 2023.

Powerchair Football is a modified version of football (soccer) for wheelchair and powerchair users.

The sport is played on a basketball court between two teams of 4, including the goalkeeper.

More information can be found at the Australian Powerchair Football Association – https://www.apfa.org.au/

 

Sydney FC women’s team breaking notable records

Sydney FC Women membership

Sydney FC Women’s team have broken the record for Liberty A-League Pass and regular memberships in a single season following the Matildas’ success at the home World Cup.

The Sky Blues surpassed 10,000 Liberty A-League Pass memberships for under 16 year-olds and more than 2,200 people have also signed up for the regular Liberty A-League Membership which is a Sydney FC Women’s record as well.

The crowd numbers also don’t lie about the league and club’s growth with an almost 300% growth from last season alone and nearly 12,000 fans flocking to watch the Sydney derby on opening weekend.

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Mark Aubrey explained how this exciting milestone is just the first step in seeing the women’s game skyrocket in Australia.

“Our Memberships are continuing to grow at an incredible pace, we are very pleased to see that we are breaking records and that our Members are increasing as our 2023/2024 campaign progresses.” Aubrey said in a club press release.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our fantastic squad and our coaching staff who give it their all to put on a show for our Members and fans each week.

“However our work is nowhere near finished and we want women’s football to grow even larger, so we encourage anyone who enjoyed the latest FIFA Women’s World Cup to continue supporting football and sign up for a Membership,” he continued.

“We’d love to see even more people heading to enjoy our games at Leichhardt Oval in the coming months.”

Sydney FC have six remaining matches at Leichhardt Oval and two at Allianz Arena, setting up a blockbuster schedule that should prove to see many members and fans flock to watch the Liberty A-League reigning premiers.

Sydney FC have taken full advantage of the massive success that the FIFA Women’s World Cup was and have set up an incredible foundation that includes the next generation of fans growing up supporting the Sky Blues.

Crowd and viewership numbers of the league prove it is only going in one direction and that’s straight up, a great example of the league using the leveraging power of a World Cup to boost participation and memberships.

Sydney FC running valuable student programs across local schools

Sydney FC and Sydney Catholic Schools

Sydney FC are teaming up with Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) to increase support for young footballers both on and off the field.

The club will run a variety of programs within the SCS curriculum, aimed at developing student footballers through specialised, football-related training.

Off the field, Sydney FC will provide students with mentorship programs focused on developing important life skills and enhancing their school education experience whilst being engaged in football.

SCS includes 147 primary and secondary campuses, consisting of almost 73,000 students. The initiative is expected to have a significant impact on those students who want to pursue a career in football.

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Mark Aubrey believes the collaboration is part and parcel of the club’s vision.

“Developing young people and young footballers is central to Sydney FC’s values and philosophy,” he said via press release.

“This partnership with SCS allows us to offer more opportunities for young girls and boys to increase their skills and abilities on the football field as well as off it.

“We are looking forward to working with all of the students within the Sydney Catholic Schools system and giving them the specialised learning and mentoring our coaches can provide.”

Declan Donohue, Manager of Sport at SCS, asserts that the new programs will only enhance students’ school experience.

“We are extremely excited to see our students benefit from the unique opportunities that Sydney FC will provide,” Donohue added via media release.

“With Sydney FC’s help, we will be able to offer more support to students who have a passion and talent for football while also helping maintain a strong focus on their education.

“At SCS, we are strong believers in the power of sport to shape character and foster personal growth and this partnership is a perfect embodiment of that.”

Sydney FC’s latest initiative hopes to inspire a new generation of football talent in Australia, whilst ensuring that students continue to immerse themselves in their school education.

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