Macarthur’s bid to form an A-League side in the region has gotten a big boost.
Lang Walker, executive chairman of the Walker Corporation, has decided to throw his financial support behind the United for Macarthur A-League bid.
The bid, spearheaded by Campbelltown Council and supported by Camden and Wollondilly councils, is attempting to ensure Macarthur is the next team entered into the Hyundai A-League competition.
Mr Walker already serves as the business ambassador for the bid – alongside fellow community and sports ambassadors Brett Emerton and Kaarle McCulloch – and his financial backing is hoped to bring extra clout when the Football Federation Australia decides which bid will be successful.
“Sydney’s south-west is growing rapidly and has the facilities in place, with the centrepiece being Campbelltown Sports Stadium, to quickly become a force in the A-League,” he said.
“I am honoured to have been invited to participate in what I believe is a very compelling proposal.”
Mr Walker said the strong, soccer-rich region of south-west Sydney was deserving of an A-League franchise.
“The best opportunity to be one of the two teams awarded a new licence for the expanded A-League is for the whole region to work together towards that goal,” he said.
If the bid is successful, Walker Corporation will become a strategic partner of Macarthur’s A-League team and will have input into the upgrade of the stadium and other sporting facilities and football clubs in the region.
Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said he was proud to welcome Mr Walker on board as a financial partner.
“We are delighted to see Lang and his team join as shareholders in the Macarthur United Football Co-operative,” he said.
“This co-operative is now driving the bid for the establishment of a new A-League team in our region.
“This opportunity would provide a significant boost to the Macarthur region and beyond.
“Mr Walker’s increased commitment is compelling evidence of the strong chance we have in winning the bid, and an endorsement of our unique community-based model.”