Community Health Group have become the Sydney FC Powerchair Team’s first ever front of shirt sponsor in a landmark deal with the Sydney FC Foundation ahead 2024 season.
For the first time in Club history, the Sydney FC Powerchair Team will have its own, unique front of shirt sponsor as it looks to compete in the 2024 NSW Powerchair Football League. Coming off a strong end to the 2023 season that saw the Sky Blues record multiple wins against National Club Champions, Hills United, the team will start the season with the support of disability support services provider Community Health Group.
Both the team and Community Health Group were recently presented with the new home and away jerseys at Allianz Stadium. Both home and away kits will proudly display the Community Health Group logo which will also be added to the players’ name plates on the back of their chairs during both competition and training.
Sydney FC Foundation Chair, Jenny Abood said: “We are proud to be partnering with Community Health Group, helping to change lives one pass at a time together.
“Meeting the team at Community Health group highlights why this organisation is trusted to help change lives for those who need it most.
“It was a delight to present the first front of shirt sponsor to the Sydney FC Powerchair football team. It was an honour to share this moment with the team and Community Health Group. The pride in which the team wore the new kit was phenomenal,” she said.
“The Sydney FC Foundation board would like to thank the Community Health Group, Foundation Manager Alex Reilly and our marvellous Powerchair team for making this happen. We still have so many great things to achieve together and we are excited to continue our journey.”
Regional Operations Manager at Community Health Group, Ashleigh Bucknall said: “We are incredibly excited and proud to be the sponsor of the Sydney FC Powerchair Team and looking forward to embracing the spirit of inclusivity and pathways Sydney FC provides to their players.
“After hearing the growth of the sport over the last few years and the vision that the Sydney FC Foundation, Sydney FC and those involved have for the future, it was obvious to us that we wanted to be a part of the journey.
This partnership goes beyond the sponsorship; it’s a shared commitment to fostering an inclusive community that celebrates the power of sports and each individual player’s ability.
“Our Community Health Group team is eagerly counting down the days to witness the extraordinary skills and unwavering spirit of the Sydney FC Powerchair team in action for the 2024 season,” Ashleigh added.
“Wishing the entire team and staff the best of luck! To those who haven’t witnessed or experienced powerchair football, we encourage you to join us in supporting the team and try the sport for yourself.”
Sydney FC Powerchair Team Head Coach, Jason Ryan believes that Community Health Group are a great fit and a worthy front of shirt sponsor for his team: “It’s great to see an organisation like Community Health Group form a partnership with Sydney FC that helps deliver a diverse range of programs to not only those with special needs, but also other minority groups.”
“As the coach of the Sydney FC Powerchair Team, I’m delighted to have the Community Health Group logo on the front of our jerseys, recognising the support they give to our community,” he added.
The partnership also extends beyond the front of shirt placement for the Sydney FC Powerchair Team to the Sydney FC Foundation Community Powerchair Football Program. Foundation Manager, Alex Reilly explains: “One of the most exciting parts of this great new partnership is that our community powerchair programs and its’ participants will also benefit from the experience and expertise of Community Health Group’s care assistance.”
“Knowing that our participants are going to be in the safe hands of the premium care of Community Health Group support workers is extremely important as we look to introduce the adrenaline inducing sport of powerchair football to young people from all over Sydney and NSW.
“I would like to thank Community Health Group for their commitment to the Sydney FC Foundation and the sport of powerchair football across all levels and I cannot wait to see this partnership grow from strength to strength,” he concluded.