‘This is the start of a new era’: Sydney FC announce ‘most significant partnership in club history’

Sydney FC star Cortnee Vine speaks to KEEPUP about her memorable moment with the Matildas at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Sydney FC have announced a five-year principal partnership with Macquarie University, the most significant in the club’s history.

Macquarie University’s logo will be proudly displayed on the front of both Sydney FC’s Liberty A-League Women and Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s jersey, starting in Saturday’s Australia Cup Final against Brisbane Roar.

YOUR 2023-24 A-LEAGUES SEASON BIBLE: Fixtures, signings, kits, fantasy & more

Sydney have been based at the university for the past 17 years and recently opened Sky Park – the club’s elite Centre of Excellence at Macquarie University’s Sports Fields.

It is further good news for the Sky Blues, who are not only fighting to win another piece of silverware but also preparing to kick off their A-League Women title defence with a blockbuster derby against Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium on October 14 having smashed their membership record.

“This is the start of a new era in our partnership with Macquarie University,” said Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow.

“Over the last 17 years we have forged a strong relationship, and with the opening of Sky Park, we are now able to take this partnership to a new level.

“We are excited to work closer than ever before with Macquarie University to positively impact the lives of young people and our community through football.

“Our commitment to develop and inspire young men and women to succeed is central to our club’s philosophy and these values align perfectly with Macquarie University.”

Macquarie University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Rorden Wilkinson said: “Sydney FC has used Macquarie University as a training base for the last 17 years and this new collaboration is a natural evolution of our relationship.

“We are delighted to be deepening our partnership. Our value systems come together very well, given our shared commitment to nurture and develop talent in both education and sport.

“The partnership is a natural alignment for both organisations supporting grass roots health and wellbeing initiatives to do good in the world.

“There is shared commitment to inclusion and Sydney FC has an extraordinary heritage in its support of the A-League Women’s and Men’s competition and that’s something the University is delighted to help progress.

“The partnership is a unique opportunity for Sydney FC and Macquarie University to embark on a range of health and community support projects as a team. We want to use football as a vehicle for community participation and empowerment. We are both very keen to expand our shared accessibility agenda.

“We are also very happy that Macquarie University will be providing pathways to help players to transition to new careers at the right time. Through our college and other entry pathways we have been increasing access to University for decades and we can’t wait to welcome some of the Sydney FC famous faces as our students.”

Ante Juric’s women’s team open their season against the Wanderers on October 14 before Steve Corica’s side begin their A-League Men campaign against rivals Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on October 21.

Buy tickets to Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers HERE and purchase tickets to Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory HERE.