Sydney FC Sign 5 Year UNSW Partnership

Sydney FC have agreed a five-year extension to their partnership with UNSW Sydney to support Sydney FC’s Academy squads.

Sydney FC and UNSW have been in partnership since 2016 and have worked together to produce numerous talented young footballers with qualifications.

The deal will take the university’s partnership with the Sky Blues past the ten-year mark and make it the longest current partnership in Sydney FC’s history.

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend said it was an extremely significant announcement.

“We have had an outstanding partnership with University of New South Wales over the past five years and I’m happy to be able to announce a further five years,” he said.

“They have provided fantastic support for our younger players and Sydney FC’s Academy has gone from strength to strength through our co-operation.”

Sky Blues Isuzu Ute A-League player Calem Nieuwenhof is one example of a player who is currently studying at the University undertaking a degree in Commerce, while Patrick Yazbek, who made his first senior appearance recently in the FFA Cup game against Sydney Olympic is studying 1st year Construction Management.

“There is no doubt many of our current stars and Academy players have benefitted and will benefit in future from the support of UNSW.

“We are looking forward to progressing this partnership with our Academy in the next few years.”

Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow with UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & Student Life, Professor Merlin Crossley

UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & Student Life, Professor Merlin Crossley said:

“We are excited to be working together again with Australasia’s best football club.

“Sydney FC have been the benchmark for many years now and we are pleased to be able to support of their fantastic young footballers to gain a first class education at one of the world’s top 50 universities”

“We are determined to provide the support for each of those young Academy players who want to progress their studies and careers along with their sporting aspirations.”

UNSW will also support Sydney FC’s Female Football Academy which is set to be announced early in 2022.