Sydney FC Foundation and The Star, as part of their new Memorable Experience Partnership, delivered a truly unforgettable Sydney Derby weekend for Sydney FC Powerchair Football Head Coach Jason Ryan last November.
Jason and his wife Belinda were treated to a weekend of premium hospitality at The Star that included a two night stay, dinner at The Star’s Black, Bar & Grill with Sydney FC’s Paulo Retre and surprise lunch with members of the Sydney FC Powerchair team at Flying Fish ahead of the first Sydney Derby at the new Allianz Stadium.
The couple were then given a private, behind the scenes tour of Allianz Stadium before enjoying the pre-match activities in Sydney FC’s Tunnel Club hospitality function.
The surprises didn’t end there, as following a pre-game meet and greet with Head Coach Steve Corica and members of Sydney FC’s matchday squad, Jason was invited to execute the Sydney Derby coin toss at Allianz Stadium.
After watching the first half, Jason was then invited to the Sydney FC coaches analysis box to watch the second half from there. Jason and Belinda then joined Sydney FC players, staff and family in the post-match inner sanctum function before heading back to The Star to round out their weekend experience.
“The whole weekend was amazing,” said Jason.
“So many things to remember – from the fantastic accommodation at The Star, to dinner with Paulo! “Being able to deliver the coin toss at the fist Sydney Derby at the new stadium is something I will never forget. Almost certainly a once in a life time experience.
“We are so grateful to the amazing people at Sydney FC and The Star for the experience. My wife and I had an amazing time,” he added.
Jason was chosen for this experience for his work and immense commitment to developing the sport of Powerchair Football both for Sydney FC’s Powerchair Team and Sydney FC Foundation’s Community Powerchair Program.
Sydney FC Foundation Chair, Jenny Abood said the Foundation is “honoured to be partnering with The Star to deliver a program that celebrates and rewards individuals who make a difference in our community.”
On Jason being the program’s first recipient, she added that he “is our first deserving recipient. Jason has been integral to launching our Foundation’s successful powerchair program!”
Sydney FC Foundation Manager, Alex Reilly said “Jason was crucial in the Sydney FC Foundation being able to create and then deliver its first ever programme in the community. His passion for the sport of Powerchair and to see as many disadvantaged young people have access to the sport is immense.
“The impact Jason has delivered to numerous individuals and families is immeasurable, he is one of the most selfless people you could ever meet and is the perfect example of a recipient for our Memorable Experiences Partnership with The Star,” he added.