The Macquarie Sports Cricket Leadership Day has been held annually for 15 years, providing young cricketers with the opportunity to be mentored by former Australian cricketers.
04 Jan 2018
Since 1999 Macquarie Sports has been providing grassroots sporting opportunities for children around Australia, including many in rural and remote communities.
In 2017, over 5,300 children participated in the program and were given the chance to be mentored by some of Australia’s top sporting role models.
Macquarie Sports has provided sporting opportunities to more than 200,000 children across Australia. Macquarie Sports also offers corporate scholarships to elite young sports people to pursue both their career and sporting goals.
At Macquarie Sports, we believe that children can be motivated and inspired by interacting with athletic role models. Every year we provide thousands of children in communities throughout Australia with that opportunity, as well as a chance to play sport using brand new equipment. We also aim to provide an experience that can promote team work and leadership skills, whilst educating children about fitness and health.
Macquarie Sports aims to benefit children across communities through high quality sporting clinics. In 2017, Macquarie Sports held 27 community events around Australia reaching 5,318 children.
Macquarie Sports partners with grassroots sporting organisations to enhance their capacity and to remove financial barriers for children in disadvantaged communities.
Macquarie Sports helps convey Macquarie's commitment to the local communities in which it operates. We believe companies have a role to play in developing healthy communities.
Quite often, training and study commitments of elite young athletes leaves little time for them to gain work experience. The Macquarie Sports Scholarships program provide recipients with paid work experience within Macquarie, as well as networks and resources necessary to enable a smooth transition from the sporting arena to the workplace. As well as financial support, the scholarships provide training, mentoring and ongoing casual employment with Macquarie Sports. To date, 50 young men and women have been awarded scholarships, with many going on to achieve high sporting honours, including:
- Lavinia Chrystal (skiing, Australia – Sochi Olympics)
- Dave Dennis (rugby union, Wallabies)
- Rob Horne (rugby union, Wallabies)
- Jin Su Jung (athletics, Australia – Glasgow Commonwealth Games)
- Holly Lincoln-Smith (water polo, Australia – London Olympics)
- Kristina Mah (karate, world champion)
- Ben McCalman (rugby union, Wallabies)
- Susan Pratley (netball, Australian Diamonds)
- Paddy Ryan (rugby union, Wallabies)
- Servet Uzunlar (football, Matildas).
Macquarie Sports utilises sporting clinics to engage with children in communities around Australia. Delivering clinics across eight sports in 2017, these free clinics provide a fun and inclusive environment for children to interact with their sporting heroes.