Sydney FC looks to support its community with opening of world class facility at Sky Park

Sydney FC Sky Park

Australia’s most successful club Sydney FC is sure to be continuing with that standing as they opened its new facility in Sydney’s North.

The new state-of-the-art facility cost $30 million and will act not only as a facility for a world class football precinct but will also be a vital community facility.

The park will be used by Sydney FC as a training ground and the club will particularly focus on developing its A-League Women’s squad from the facility. It will be the first the time that the entire club will be based out of the same location.

Speaking on the club’s excitement Sydney FC Chairman, Scott Barlow – had this to say at the parks launch:

“Sky Park is finally here. It is a world class facility that we have been working on for many years,” he stated.

“It brings together our entire club under the one roof for the first time in our history.  We now have a home, in Sky Park, to be very proud of.

“Sky Park will also provide our club with the opportunity to expand our many grassroots programs to have an even greater positive and lasting impact on the community.

“I’d like to thank the New South Wales government for their support over the course of this project and their recognition of the significant positive impact our club is having across Sydney’s football community.”

Barlow was joined by NSW Minister for Sport, Steve Kamper, who on trend with other politicians at the moment, expressed the power that the Matildas have had in changing the perception of the beautiful game.

“Sydney FC are Australia’s most successful A-League club, with some of the world’s greatest players donning the Sky Blue jersey, including Italian great Alessandro Del Piero, former Socceroos Brett Emerton and John Aloisi, and current Matildas Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord,” he added via media release.

“The state-of-the-art Sky Park Centre of Excellence will provide a world-class high-performance training and community facility that will improve male and female academy and pathway development, and strengthen the club’s connection with their passionate fans.

“The NSW Government is committed to breaking down barriers in women’s sport, and Sky Park features dedicated female facilities that will produce more Matildas to do us proud on the world stage, just like the ones wearing the green and gold at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.”

Not only is this a momentous day for Sydney FC, but also the wider community is also looking to benefit. The park is based out of Macquarie University, and this will be sure to lead to further collaboration opportunities between the club and the university.

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor, Professor S Bruce Dowton, spoke of the vibrancy that the new facility will bring to the community.

“It is Macquarie University’s pleasure to welcome Sydney FC’s Centre of Excellence to its campus,” he stated via press release.

“The first-class facilities, and the activity they will attract, will add to the vibrancy of our great campus, and create opportunities for meaningful collaborations between Sydney FC and the University.”

The new facility boasts among its club room facilities a player’s lounge, boot room, and community space. The park will also offer green space and sporting fields both for training and games.

The club will allow Sydney FC members all year access to the facility something sure to help the club connect with its passionate fan base and hopefully also help to inspire Australia’s next generation of elite footballers.

German football ends 70 years with Adidas for Nike deal

The German Football Association (DFB) has inked a mega eight-year deal with American sportswear giant Nike and move on from incredible 70-year partnership with Adidas.

The deal commences in 2027 after the next World Cup and runs to the end of 2034 with the company securing kit rights for at least two World Cup campaigns.

Nike were able to blow away Adidas’ offer and the deal was one they simply couldn’t refuse. It is reportedly worth AU$169.3 million a year, exactly double the amount Adidas currently gives the DFB which is $84.6 million.

Adidas has been a DFB partner since the 1950s and has been synonymous with the success of Germany’s men’s and women’s national teams, who have supported the company’s logo during 14 World Cup and European Championship triumphs.

This deal has caused huge public backlash from German fans and politicians who believe it goes against the traditions and history of the sport.

However, the DFB has defended its decision to drop Adidas as Nike made the better financial offer which would help the federation fund the future of German football as it would be invested into the grassroots game.

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf explained the controversial decision and gives his well wishes to Adidas.

“We understand every emotion. It’s also a drastic event for us as an association when it becomes clear that a partnership that was and is characterised by many special moments is coming to an end after more than 70 years. That doesn’t leave us cold,” Neuendorf said in a statement.

“The DFB has to make economic decisions against this background. Nike made by far the best financial offer in the transparent and non-discriminatory tender process.

“The federation will do everything we can to achieve shared success with our long-standing and current partner Adidas, to whom German soccer has owed a lot for more than seven decades.”

It is a huge loss for Adidas’ legacy, losing a long term relationship with the country’s biggest sporting team to its main rival and ultimately showcasing the bargaining power Nike has over the company.

However, the company still has a huge standing in football despite this issue and won’t be too affected by it. At the international level, Adidas has deals with higher-ranked Argentina and Italy and will still supply Germany’s kits at the 2026 World Cup – a tournament which it will also sponsor.

This new deal allows more money to tackle issues in the grassroots game in Germany and help stabilise the system as it looks towards returning to long-term international success.

Football Victoria celebrates establishment between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC

A striking partnership has been established between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC, with the Western United affiliated club to play 11 home fixtures at Keilor Lodge Reserve.

The Club Changer Club Development Program, an incentive created in 2023 to assist clubs fostering and strengthening inclusive environments for multiple diverse communities within society to participate in football, supports the growth of women’s football, among many other ranges of football within the country.

Last year, all federation members dedicated a strong focus upon women and young females in football as a main element of their Legacy 23 campaign. This enables club development officers across the state to work in conjunction with clubs in order to foster a positive football experience within female football, both on and off the field.

In this facility sharing partnership, Sydenham Park SC vice-president Davis Lisolajski showcased his clubs enthusiasm.

“When we learned that they were without a home venue, it was an obvious choice for us to reach out and assist,” he said via press release.

“Women’s football holds significant importance for us at Sydenham, and we believe this partnership will benefit our young girls and both senior women’s teams. They will witness professionalism first-hand during match days.”

Calder United SC President Amanda Stella expressed excitement towards developing a sustained and effective partnership to spearhead National Premier League Women’s football to Sydenham Park in 2024.

“The support from Sydenham Park President Nick and Vice President David, along with the broader Sydenham Park community, is greatly appreciated, and we eagerly anticipate playing our senior and 20s home games for the 2024 season at Sydenham Park,” she added via media release.

“A special acknowledgment to Football Victoria’s Josephine La Pila for her work with both clubs to achieve an outcome that promotes collaboration among football clubs for the betterment of our beloved sport.”

Football Victoria have endorsed the partnership between these two growing clubs within female football across the state.

With Calder United establishing themselves as a competitive club amongst the NPLW competition, the partnership allowing the club between the Western United sister club and Sydenham puts a focus upon both sides allowing their playing and coaching staff to use one of the best pitch surfaces within the north-western district of Melbourne. The use of these highly elite facilities will allow them to have an advantage, perhaps being the difference in furthering themselves away from their competitors.

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