Macarthur FC names six local pollies as club patrons

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli, Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic, Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander, Hume MP Angus Taylor and Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith. Picture: Supplied
Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli, Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic, Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander, Hume MP Angus Taylor and Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith. Picture: Supplied

Six prominent Macarthur politicians have been named as Macarthur FC's new club patrons.

The announcement was made earlier today along with the creation of the club's independent charity - Macarthur FC Foundation Inc - to assist with key programs in the region.

The club patrons are Hume MP Angus Taylor, Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander, Campbelltown MP Greg Warren, Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith, Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic and Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli.

Macarthur FC chairman Gino Marra welcomed the six patrons and said he was delighted to further develop strong relationships with leaders in the Macarthur community.

"Incorporating six prominent local members across all levels of government, as club patrons of Macarthur FC is a large boost for the club in promoting positive change in our region through football," Marra said.

"We have a real opportunity through football, to drive positive social change in our region.

"Assisting and supporting members of the community across Indigenous and domestic violence spaces, plus addressing poverty in disadvantaged young people in our community, through our club patrons and the Macarthur FC Foundation Inc. are core pillars of the club."

The new patrons and the Macarthur FC Foundation Inc, will play a pivotal role in the community - contributing in the delivery of the clubs community programs.

"The inclusion of Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic as a patron further strengthens the clubs existing relationship with Campbelltown Council as a community partner," Mr Marra said.

"Connecting with the local community through the Macarthur FC Food Truck initiative and the roll-out of other community programs with the support of the council is a huge advantage for us."

Cr Brticevic said he was delighted to be named a club patron for the region's first A-League team.

"There are many young footballers in our region who will soon have a team that they can look up to and aspire to one day play for," he said.

"When Macarthur FC take to the pitch at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, it will be a point of pride for our community to have a full-time professional sports team that they can call their own and I'm incredibly proud to be named as one of the patrons of the club."

Hume MP Angus Taylor said he was thrilled to become a patron of Macarthur FC.

"The local soccer community now have an A-league team and Macarthur FC will deliver economic and social benefits for the entire region, not only in Campbelltown, but in Camden, Wollondilly and the Southern Highlands as well," he said.

Macarthur MP Dr Mike Freelander said he looked forward to working with the club and alongside his fellow patrons.

"The Macarthur FC Foundation is a terrific initiative that will utilise the wonderful sport that is football as a means of bringing people and communities together," he said.

"Having worked all my life in Macarthur and proudly serving our residents in parliament, I am honoured to be a patron for Macarthur FC and ensure it has a long, prosperous role in our region."

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren echoed Dr Freelander's sentiments.

"I'm proud to see the heartland of Campbelltown represented on the national stage in the A-League," he said.

"I can not wait to see our local team take to Campbelltown Stadium in December for their inaugural season."

The Macarthur FC Foundation Inc will assist with key community programs across the region.

The club patrons will work alongside the foundation to promote positive change across three core areas in the community; Indigenous, domestic violence awareness, health and physical wellbeing in disadvantaged young people.

The aim is to enhance the fabric of Macarthur through the world game.

Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith congratulated the club for taking the initiative to support worthwhile community projects.

"It shows that Macarthur FC will be a part of the community not just a football club representing the region," he said.

"I am sure that the success in this worthy foundation will build a strong foundation for success on the pitch. I am honoured to be a patron."

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said she was looking forward to cheering the club on in its first season.

"Coming from an Italian background myself, football has been in my family's blood for a long time," she said.

"It is fantastic to now have a team of our own in our beautiful area.

"It will not only put the area on the map, but also break down barriers in our community to see people come together from many backgrounds for the same cause."

Macarthur FC will enter the 20/21 Hyundai A-League season playing at Campbelltown Stadium from December.