Sydney FC has officially opened Sky Park, its brand new $30 million world class football and community precinct.
Sky Park will house the Sky Blues’ professional football teams, its youth Academy, and all coaching and administrative staff.
The opening of the Centre of Excellence will also allow Sydney FC to create an elite female development squad as a pathway to the club’s A-League Women’s squad for the most talented young female footballers.
Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow joined NSW Minister for Sport Steve Kamper to unveil the plaque at the official opening ceremony of Sky Park.
“Sky Park is finally here. It is a world class facility that we have been working on for many years,” Barlow said.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
NSW Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said: “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.
“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 2023TM.”
Sky Park is based at Macquarie University’s Sports Fields and will also lead to expanded collaboration opportunities with the University.
“It is Macquarie University’s pleasure to welcome Sydney FC’s Centre of Excellence to its campus,” says Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton.
“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.”
It provides year-round access for Sydney FC’s Members to the A-League Men’s, Women’s and Academy squads, strengthening the Sky Blues connection to their passionate fanbase.