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Sydney Catholic Schools will kick off a new partnership with the Wanderers to heighten football skills (SCS Sport)

The Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney Catholic Schools are launching a new partnership to provide students with a range of programs and services to enhance their football skills. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Wanderers’ chief executive Scott Hudson said that this will be a “long-term, mutually beneficial partnership”.

The program will be offered to students in Conference 4, comprising schools located in Bankstown, East Hills and the South-West of Sydney.

The partnership will enable students to participate in a range of professionally run activities such as after-school clinics and holiday camps.

The partnership will also see the Wanderers aid in the Conference 4 football trials for students at an elite level. SCS will be provided with opportunities to utilise the facilities the club offers, such as multiple full-size football fields, and “Wanderers 5s” fields, nine state-of-the-art all-weather mini pitches that will be used for trials, interschool sports, conference finals and the Sydney championship finals later in the year.

Mr Hudson said it was not just the practical elements of football that this partnership will provide to students.

“It teaches kids a number of life skills … how to work in a team, communication, leadership, how to win and how to lose,” he said.

Executive director of SCS, Tony Farley, said the “partnership is particularly important to us because Western Sydney has as much football talent, as much academic talent, as much artistic talent, as anywhere in the world.”

“Talent will live and grow with partnerships like these,” he said.

The partnership officially launched last Wednesday at the Wanderers Football Park in Rooty Hill. Eleven students from primary and secondary schools, and their parents, attended the launch, met with Wanderers’ captain Marcelo Guedes and player Gabriel Cléùr and were given tours of the facilities.


Wanderers kick off new partnership (By Bethany Alvaro, Sydney Catholic Schools via The Catholic Weekly