Macarthur FC is pleased to reveal today two significant community announcements. Firstly, six Club Patrons, have been appointed by the club to further strengthen Macarthur FC’s commitment to the local community. The second, is the creation of an independent charity as part of Macarthur FC to assist with key programs in the region called, Macarthur FC Foundation Inc.
The six Club Patrons announced include; Federal Member for Hume – The Hon. Angus Taylor, Federal Member for Macarthur – Dr Mike Freelander, State Member for Campbelltown – Mr Greg Warren, State Member for Wollondilly – Mr Nathaniel Smith, Mayor of Campbelltown – Cr George Brticevic and Mayor of Camden – Cr Thresa Fedeli.
The Club Patrons and the Macarthur FC Foundation Inc. will play a pivotal role in the community - contributing in the delivery of the clubs community programs - using football as the catalyst.
The objective of the Macarthur FC Foundation Inc. is to assist with key community programs in our region. Using football as the vehicle, the Club Patrons and the Macarthur FC Foundation Inc. will look to promote positive change across three core areas in our community: Indigenous, domestic violence awareness, health and physical wellbeing in disadvantaged young people. The aim is to enhance the fabric of our region through the world game.
Macarthur FC Chairman Gino Marra welcomed the six patrons and expressed delight in further developing strong relationships with leaders in our community.
“Incorporating six prominent local members across all levels of government, as Club Patrons of Macarthur FC is a large boost for the club in promoting positive change in our region through football,” Marra said.
“We have a real opportunity through football, to drive positive social change in our region. Assisting and supporting members of the community across Indigenous and domestic violence spaces, plus addressing poverty in disadvantaged young people in our community, through our Club Patrons and the Macarthur FC Foundation Inc. are core pillars of the club.
“The inclusion of Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic as a Club Patron further strengthens the clubs existing relationship with Campbelltown City Council as a community partner. Connecting with the local community through the Macarthur FC Food Truck initiative and the roll out of other community programs with the support of council is a huge advantage for us.” Marra added.
Federal Member for Hume – The Hon. Angus Taylor
“I’m thrilled to become a Patron of the Macarthur Football Club. The local soccer community now have an A-league team and Macarthur FC will deliver economic and social benefits for the entire region, not only in Campbelltown, but in Camden, Wollondilly and the Southern Highlands as well.”
Federal Member for Macarthur – Dr Mike Freelander
“I believe Macarthur FC will be a successful club both on and off the field, and I look forward to working with the club and alongside my fellow patrons to ensure this is obtained. The Macarthur FC Foundation is a terrific initiative that will utilize the wonderful sport that is football as a means of bringing people and communities together. Having worked all my life in Macarthur and proudly serving our residents in Parliament, I am honoured to be a patron for Macarthur FC and ensure it has a long, prosperous role in our region.”
State Member for Campbelltown – Mr Greg Warren
“I’m proud to see the heartland of Campbelltown represented on the national stage in the A-League through Macarthur FC. Macarthur FC brings both sporting and economic potential to Campbelltown. The inclusion of Club Patrons as well as the establishment of the Macarthur FC Foundation will further engage and provide benefit to our community. I can not wait to see our local team take to Campbelltown Stadium in December for their inaugural season.”
State Member for Wollondilly – Mr Nathaniel Smith
“I congratulate Macarthur FC on taking this initiative in supporting worthwhile community projects. It shows that Macarthur FC will be a part of the community not just a football club representing the region. I am sure that the success in this worthy foundation will build a strong foundation for success on the pitch. I am honoured to be a Patron.”
Mayor of Campbelltown – Cr George Brticevic
“There are many young footballers in our region who will soon have a team that they can look up to and aspire to one day play for. When Macarthur FC take to the pitch at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, it will be a point of pride for our community to have a full-time professional sports team that they can call their own and I’m incredibly proud to be named as one of the patrons of the club.”
Mayor of Camden – Cr Thresa Fedeli
“Coming from an Italian background myself, football has been in my family’s blood for a long time. It is fantastic to now have a team of our own in our beautiful area and I look forward to supporting the club in its first season. The inclusion of Macarthur FC into the A-League will not only create a fantastic pathway for young local footballers to attempt to become professionals, but also gives us an opportunity to show how great the region of Macarthur is. It will not only put the area on the map, but also break down barriers in our community to see people come together from many backgrounds for the same cause.”